Project governance

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The overall governance of the project resulted from the conventions governing the project :

  • Financing agreement signed between the European Union and French Polynesia on 25 March 2013. Extended by two amendments: an amendment n ° 1 of 12/04/2016 extending the period of operational implementation until 24/03/2018 and the execution period on 24/03/2020; an amendment n ° 2 of 24/08/2017 extending the operational implementation period of 24/07/2018 and the execution period to 24/07/2020.

  • Contribution Agreement signed between the European Union and SPC on 28 August 2013. Extended by two amendments: an amendment No. 1 of 30/05/2016 extending the implementation period until 28/01/2018 and the execution period until 28/01/2020; a second amendment extending the implementation period until 28/06/2018.

It was validated at the second meeting of the Steering Committee (2014).




Regional Steering Committee


Composed of the countries and territories (2 members each: a representative of the territorial authorising officer of the 10th EDF, a representative of the technical service responsible for the project) and chaired by French Polynesia (regional authorising officer of the 10th EDF), it therefore had 9 members.

It was the decision-making body for the project :

  • Guarantee ownership and control of the project by the OCTs ;
  • Impulse the general orientations of the project ;
  • Validate the technical programming ;
  • Ensure the follow-up of its progress, validate the results and facilitate the exchange of information on projects in the region ;
  • Approve scoping and monitoring documents.

The European Union and the SPC were observers.

Records of Regional Steering Committee : 

Territorial Technical Coordinating Committee - TTCC


Responsible for the orientation, coordination and technical follow-up of the actions implemented, it was responsible, at the national or territorial level, for :

  • Validate the action plans by site, for presentation in RSC ;
  • Propose and validate the transversal action plan to be presented in RSC ;
  • Arbitrate the distribution of funds between the different sites ;
  • Monitor the progress of the project in the different sites.

Project Governance in New-Caledonia : Comptes rendus du Comité de Coordination Technique Territorial (CCTT) en Nouvelle Calédonie

Project Governance in Wallis-and-Futuna : Comptes rendus du Comité de Coordination Technique Territorial (CCTT) à Wallis-et-Futuna

Project Governance in French Polynesia : Comptes rendus du Comité de Coordination Technique Territorial (CCTT) en Polynésie française


Local Committee - LC


Each pilot site included a local committee to facilitate the implementation of resource management and conservation actions. According to the OCTs, they were or were not given a decision-making role. This committee was intended to follow the technical work as closely as possible to the field; its members participated in the development of the site's action plan. The existence of LC ensured that the action plans discussed within it were understood and accepted by the populations, before being proposed in TTCC.

Each country or territory has developed an organization that takes into account its own governance structure and institutional organization. The pre-existing structures were invested as soon as possible (Territorial Council for the Environment in Wallis and Futuna, World Heritage Management Committees in New Caledonia, Council of the Pitcairn Islands), the follow-up of the project being entrusted to them within the framework of their competences. Where necessary, dedicated structures were created, with an ambition of sustainability as a witness to the strengthening of governance driven by the project.

The SPC as project manager :

The Pacific Community used all its services and tools to ensure that the project was well managed in accordance with international standards. It also ensured coordination and exchange between the INTEGRE project and all the actions carried out by its own technical sections concerned, as it facilitated cooperation and exchange with the services and programmes of other organizations of the Council of Regional Organizations in the Pacific ("CROP"). The INTEGRE project was attached to the "Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability Program" Division of the SPC.

The technical coordination team for the implementation :

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The technical coordination team was recruited by SPC. It assisted the project owner in implementing the project, in particular by carrying out tasks requiring technical capacity and administrative, preparatory and ancillary tasks (secretarial, communication, etc.) relating to the planning and monitoring of certain aspects of the project and the submission of the corresponding reports.

The team consisted of five people :

  • a coordinator in charge of the general technical coordination of the project, implementation and follow-up, ex-ante evaluation (action plan) and implementation and follow-up of the actions carried out in Pitcairn, she reported to the SPC Director of the "Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability Program" Division ;
  • a project assistant who supported the whole team in administrative, financial, logistical and communication/evaluation aspects ;
  • three territorial coordinators responsible for project implementation and monitoring at country and territory level. Their role was not a substitute, but on the contrary led to a transfer of know-how through practice.

Referring technical services :

One per country or territory :

The accountability of these services for the implementation of the project made it possible to anchor it in the governance structures and thus facilitate the transfer and ensure the sustainability of the gains.

For French Polynesia and Wallis and Futuna, this was the structure within which the territorial coordinator was based, namely the Environment Directorate (DIREN) and the Territorial Environment Service (STE) respectively.

For Pitcairn, it was the Natural Resources Division. For New Caledonia, it was the Conservatoire des Espaces Naturels (CEN).

Site coordinators / animators :



At the pilot site level :

One or more site coordinators could be identified for each pilot site, as needed. These were people (designated by their home departments) or services, on site or with excellent knowledge, with the competence to suggest decisions and act as a link between all the departments involved. They were involved in the project as part of their regular duties within their department.

Technical support structures :

Not endowed with decision-making powers, they could be set up in order to ensure the work of information collection and their shaping, analysis, impetus, preparation of working documents to be submitted to committees... They met as often as necessary, were led by the territorial coordinator and grouped resource persons according to their skills, knowledge and positioning in the partner structures of the project (services, communities, associations, consular chambers...).

A technical office was set up in Wallis and Futuna, as well as a technical support group in French Polynesia. More informal, Pitcairn's technical support unit included the coordinator, the Pitcairn Islands office in Auckland and the natural resources division in Pitcairn.

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