INTEGRE action plan


The INTEGRE action plan has been built to target its assigned objectives.

Two components organize the activities composing the plan: a regional component and a local component. The nitne site action plans gather into territorial or countries' action plans, themselves included in the overall project's action plan.

The project's activities have been divided into two components:

Component 1 covers activities at the regional level: exchanges and networking, formulating a methodology framework for implementing ICZM, and support to territories;

Component 2 consists of ICZM implementation activities at the nine pilot sites. These sites were selected by the territories as coherent management units and because of their major ecological importance, use by local communities and suitability as demonstration sites for integrated environmental projects. They are:

  • in New Caledonia: the southern tip, the north-eastern coast, and, for the Loyalty Islands, the coral atolls of Ouvea and Beautemps-Beaupré;
  • in Wallis and Futuna: Wallis and its lagoon, Futuna;
  • in French Polynesia: Opunohu Bay on Moorea, the Tahiti Peninsula and the islands of Raiatea and Tahaa and their lagoons;
  • Pitcairn Islands as a whole.

Both components are closely linked and feed into each other. Field experiments carried out under Component 2 with site-based action plan implementation will provide concrete examples for regional discussion and the methods used and the research carried out will be put to beneficial use throughout the Pacific. So these actions, which will be firmly based on real conditions in each OCT, will be strengthened by enhanced regional cooperation. Capitalising on such experience helps assess the relevance of developing a method that is adapted to the Pacific islands.

Component 1 consists of regional and networking activities, planning and finding ways to build on project outcomes. Six major activities are planned to promote linkages between project sites, provide regional expertise, identify regional networks and become part of them, identify and promote sustainable exchanges with sister sites in the region.

A.1 Activity C1.1: hold workshop on specific themes for INTEGRE project partners

Five workshops for project partners are planned over its lifespan. They aim at strengthening ties between OCTs through sharing the experience gained during INTEGRE project implementation.

The first workshop, in February 2014, discussed methodology with a view to setting up the project. Another three workshops on specific topics will be held, i.e. one in each OCT (except Pitcairn, which is difficult to travel to. The dates will, however, be set so as to facilitate Pitcairn's participation, i.e. based on the connecting ship's schedule). The themes will be decided in agreement with the OCTs and the workshops will take in March 2015, March 2016 and March 2017.

The next technical workshop will be held in French Polynesia, from 25 to 27 February 2015, on ICZM and sustainable tourism.

The March 2017 workshop will be combined with the closing workshop so as to drawn on the project's overall experience.

A.2 Activity C1.2: strengthening and integrating regional networks

This involves assisting the OCTs to become better integrated into existing or informal regional networks in the area of sustainable development. The key topics for further discussion that could benefit the project and existing networks:

  • Developing organic agriculture: an activity is already planned and developed below
  • Climate change adaptation and disaster hazard mitigation
  • Waste management.

Ties between OCTs and various Pacific partners will be strengthened in the three areas. Having a wide range of partners broadens prospects for interaction, experience sharing and developing synergies between similar projects. Sister sites (sites where similar projects or actions are being carried out and so there is a possibility of creating mutually enriching ties) or associate projects (twin projects, i.e. carried out at sister sites, or partner projects, i.e. carrying out similar actions at shared sites) will be identified during the project.

A.3 Activity C1.3: develop and drive an ICZM regional framework

This activity is designed to get Pacific stakeholders such as PICTs and regional organisations to join forces around a common framework for implementing integrated coastal zone management.

This activity will be more specifically described during the course of the project as the framework's exact nature cannot be defined in advance. It will benefit from input from Activity C1.4, which will support the planning process in the territories and on the sites.

The activity will be carried out in partnership with the RESCCUE project.

An ongoing preliminary study will focus on collecting information on work already carried out in integrated coastal management plans, worldwide and in the Pacific. They will issue recommendations on the processes for formulating ICZM plans, their contents, and governance. Early work at the nine pilot sites will be used by way of example and the sites will directly benefit from the analysis provided.

A.4 & 5 C1.4 and C1.5 activities: support to the planning process and building on the methods developed and implemented

This activity, which will be carried out by a team of consultants, is designed to:

  • provide regional methodology support and organise skill sharing among the OCTs
  • provide tailor-made assistance to the territories and pilot sites by training site facilitators
  • help identify sister sites and associate projects;
  • build on project outcomes by putting those experiences into perspective and drawing lessons for ICZM in the Pacific island setting.

This support will continue throughout the project.

A.6 Activity C1.6: exchanges of experience

The purpose of this activity will be to encourage a sharing of pilot site experiences in sustainable management of the environment with the other countries in the Pacific. The goal is to assist the OCTs to become full members of the region through bilateral exchanges with "sister" sites and to create informal networks. This involves developing synergies between projects, combining efforts and bringing ACP countries and OCTs closer together, as they are often involved in parallel projects but have little contact with each other.

With that in mind, SPC has launched a first call for project submissions, running until 15 February 2015. A selection panel of Steering-Committee approved members will be elect the laureates in March and activities will start.

NB: The Territorial Coordinators will not serve on the panel so as to remain available to help project initiators develop their proposals.

Forecasted actions, for each pilot site and for each country or territory, are detailed in the relevant pages: for New Caledonia, for Wallis and Futuna, for French Polynesia and for Pitcairn.

Pacific territories’ initiative for regional management of the environment

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