Tetiaroa Society

“Tetiaroa Society is a US-based non-profit organization. Our mission is to ensure that island and coastal communities have a future as rich as their past – strengthening their resilience to global change, enhancing their ecosystem services, and preserving their culture.
Grounded in our experience and actions on Tetiaroa, our vision is an Island Earth Initiative that weaves enlightened values, traditional wisdom, and scientific understanding into a new fabric for our common island home.
Designated by the atoll’s owners as the environmental steward of Tetiaroa with authority and responsibility to manage, conserve and protect the entire island, our program objectives are summarized in our Conservation and Sustainable Use Plan. Under that plan, TS develops and carries out conservation and education, hosts scientific research, and curates the island’s knowledge-base. We partner with The Brando to introduce resort guests to the nature and culture of the island, and to establish Tetiaroa as a model for island/earth sustainability where businesses and charities work together for the benefit of communities and nature.”

Te mana o te moana

“Founded in 2004, the association Te mana o te moana acts for the protection of the Polynesian marine environment and, more specifically, sea turtles, through concrete actions of discovery, education and protection. Te mana o te moana’s work covers 3 main domains of action:
– Implementation of programs to understand, care for and protect the sea turtles of French Polynesia
– Creation of learning supports, programs and projects to raise awareness on the protection of the marine environment.
– Development and facilitation of participatory networks for collecting data combining science, nature and culture.”

Island Conservation

Island Conservation’s mission is to prevent extinctions by removing invasive species from islands, they are working on Tetiaroa to lead the rat eradication programme.
Tetiaroa supports thousands of nesting seabirds, including four IUCN locally threatened species making it one of the key seabird breeding sites within French Polynesia. The atoll is also a major nesting site for Green Sea Turtles. As a consequence, the presence of two invasive rat species threatens the atoll’s flora and fauna. The once-thriving seabird population has been significantly reduced by rat predation, impacting both terrestrial and marine ecosystems due to decreased nutrient inputs through guano.
Following the successful removal of invasive rats from Tetiaroa’s Reiono islet in 2018, Tetiaroa Society, Island Conservation, and partners are now working together to remove invasive rats from the entire atoll to secure habitat for native birds and Green Sea Turtles. The partners are also researching the effects of invasive rat removal on Tetiaroa’s terrestrial and marine environments to inform coral reef conservation efforts that may be underinvesting in island restoration as a conservation tool.