Improving and Expanding managed marine areas in French Polynesia through The Rahui Forum and Resource Center

Award Period
to
Award Amount
$265,848
Agency Name
The Practical School of High Studies
Award Number
SB200264
PI First Name
Hunter
PI Last Name
Lenihan
MSI People
Area/s of Research
Marine Conservation, Policy and Education
Abstract

This team will develop methodologies to identify and conserve the contemporary knowledge of the island territory, important actors and resource uses, and the traditional knowledge linked to marine and terrestrial biodiversity. Traditional knowledge will be combined with scientific information and processes for designing and managing Rāhui. We will make these methodologies available for local communities and for the team in charge of the WP3 to better integrate cultural and science to assure the resilience of Rāhui.

In addition, this team will use proven analytical methods, such as bioeconomic modeling, scenario analysis, spatial conservation planning, ecological and fisheries assessments, and simulations to support communities in maximizing the effectiveness of existing Rāhui, as well as for designing future Rāhui sites. The design team will take into account the interactions between the watershed and the marine environment (e.g., via pollution) and the cultural practices and local knowledge that can be incorporated into a design. In so doing, the Design team will provide an approach for combining new scientific insights with local and traditional culture and knowledge, all in an effort to enhance Rāhui success. For example, the focus of collaborative modeling, involving communities, RFRC personnel, and other partners, will be to design and scale Rāhui sites to maximize coral reef ecosystem health, community support, and fisheries sustainability, for instance through a combination of community‐involved spatial planning, bioeconomic forecasting, and trade‐off analyses. This team will also be responsible for collecting, curating, and analyzing social and economic data from Rāhui sites supported by the RFRC.