An expedition of unprecedented contribution to saving our world’s rarest birds.


Click here to read the first english report of this ambitious conservation operation on six remote islands in the Tuamotu (Acteon group) & Gambier archipelagos.



  • BirdLife International is the world’s largest nature conservation Partnership. Together we are 120 BirdLife Partners worldwide – one per country – and growing, with almost 11 million supporters, 7000 local conservation groups and 7400 staff.

The BirdLife Partnership has successfully restored over 30 islands in the Pacific as part of BirdLife’s global Invasive Alien Species programme, working with our Partners in Australia (Birdlife Australia); the Cook Islands (Te Ipukarea Society); Fiji (NatureFiji-MareqetiViti); French Polynesia (Société d’Ornithologie de Polynésie); New Caledonia (Société Calédonienne d’Ornithologie); New Zealand (the Royal Forest & Bird Society) and; Palau (the Palau Conservation Society). Bird populations are now increasing on these islands, and people are benefiting through livelihood improvements.

  • Société d’Ornithologie de Polynésie (SOP Manu) biodiversity of French Polynesia, and work with the local people to promote the sustainable management of natural resources in a huge Territory as large as Europe with some places not easy to access or costly to reach.
  • Island Conservation (IC) is our world’s only global, not-for-profit conservation organization whose mission is to prevent extinctions by removing invasive species from islands. We work where the concentration of both biodiversity and species extinction is greatest – islands. Removing a primary threat – introduced invasive vertebrates – is one of the most critical interventions for saving threatened plants and animals and restoring island ecosystems. Once invasive species are removed, native island species and ecosystems recover with little additional intervention. Over the past 20 years, Island Conservation and partners have deployed teams to protect 994 populations of 389 species on 52 islands. IC is headquartered in Santa Cruz, CA with field offices in Australia, British Columbia, Chile, Ecuador, Hawaii, New Zealand, and Puerto Rico.
  • This project has received support from many international and national organisations with significant funding from the European Union, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the British Birdwatching Fair; sponsorships from Bell Laboratories and Tomcat; and assistance from the Government of French Polynesia; The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund; the Pacific Development and Conservation Trust; T-Gear Trust Canada and many individual people around the world.

logos partners mission Acteon Gambier 2015