The Birdlife International’s Important Bird Areas are designated in accordance with internationally recognised criteria that define the global significance of a zone for the biodiversity conservation at national level. Such identified areas undergo a regular monitoring-acting-recommending cycle to ensure their sustainable preservation.
The Polynesian Ornithological Society – Manu, affiliate member of Birdlife, ensured the implementation of the project locally, with the support of the Government of French Polynesia that financed 22% of the budget of the operation ( 47 233 EUR over 2 years ).
The project lasted 24 months and assembled, under the supervision of a national coordinator, a team including an administrative secretary. It provided funding for the association’s bureau, equipment and census field missions.
The programme included the following steps :