The PROTEGE Program Well Underway

11 May 2021

The 3rd Territorial Coordination Committee of PROTEGE took place on April 30th under the chairmanship of Thierry Santa, President of the 16th Government.

The Oceanian Regional Project of Territories for the Sustainable Management of Ecosystems (PROTEGE) was showcased during  Europe Day, relayed in New Caledonia on May 10. A week before, the third territorial coordination committee noted the good implementation of the program funded by the European Union.


The PROTEGE regional cooperation project benefits New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Wallis and Futuna, and Pitcairn over the 2018-2022 period. Its objective? To strengthen the resilience and sustainability of the economies of the four Pacific Overseas Countries and Territories associated with the European Union in the face of climate change, building on biodiversity and renewable natural resources. The PROTEGE implementation plan, developed in consultation with local authorities, focuses on four themes: agriculture and forestry, coastal fisheries and aquaculture, water and invasive species. 

Green and Blue Growth

This program works for both the preservation and the enhancement of our biodiversity: we unanimously consider them as pillars of the wealth of New Caledonia," said Thierry Santa, President of the 16th Government, territorial and regional authorizer of the project. "You are the linchpin, close to our populations, in the four essential themes that aim to strengthen our green and blue growth," he added to the partners gathered for the third territorial coordination committee (see box).

Actions Are in Full Swing

In New Caledonia, field activities have already led to the organization of a network of agroecology demonstration farms throughout the territory, the launch of a study on the evaluation of sea cucumber stocks, and the financing of watershed restoration projects in Houaïlou, Touho and Dumbéa. Financed within the framework of PROTEGE, the first water-health barometer, piloted by the Department of Health and Social Affairs, has also been published. In the field of the fight against invasive exotic species such as deer, associations were able to follow training courses on participatory hunting and trapping management methods. More than 90 people have been trained, distributed in 11 tribes, while cage traps have been manufactured and will be distributed (150 on Grande-Terre and 20 in Lifou). All the actions carried out in New Caledonia and in the other communities are promoted on the PROTEGE website, as well as on the dedicated mobile application.

In spite of this good progress, a request for an extension of the project was made at the Territorial Coordination Committee meeting, in order to compensate for the delays caused by the Covid-19 health crisis. This request will be presented to the members of the PROTEGE regional steering committee in May. 

Les acteurs de PROTEGE ont fait le point sur le plan de mise en œuvre de PROTEGE.
PROTEGE stakeholders  discussed the project's implementation plan. 

  PROTEGE Stakeholders 

The program is implemented at the regional level by the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP). At the local level, "lead partners" and their facilitators are in charge of leading and coordinating the implementation of actions in each of the themes in conjunction with the SPC's PROTEGE team. Thus, the Chamber of Agriculture of New Caledonia has been designated for the Agriculture and Forestry theme, and Adecal Technopole for coastal fishing and aquaculture. The Department of Veterinary, Food and Rural Affairs is in charge of the water theme and the Conservatory of Natural Spaces, invasive species. This regional cooperation project is also conducted in close collaboration with the State, the government, the three provinces, the French Office of Biodiversity and the Rural Agency.