The Polynesian Ornithological Society, a.k.a. « Manu » (meaning “bird” in Tahitian language), is working for the protection of wild birds of Tahiti and her Islands as well as for the preservation of their habitats. A group of enthusiastic amateurs of French Polynesian birds founded this non-governmental and non-profit association in July 1990.
MANU is the local representative of BirdLife International, a world federation of bird conservation associations.
MANU is a member of Te Ora Naho the local Federation of Environmental Protection Associations.
MANU is recognised as being of general interest by the Government of French Polynesia (decree n°1023/CM dated July 21st, 1999 ).
The association Polynesian Ornithological Society MANU is certified under Article L. 621-1 of the Environmental Code within the territorial framework of French Polynesia (decree n° 1011/DRCL dated June 20th, 2003 ).
- To protect the Polynesian wilds birds and their habitats
- To contribute to the studies on Polynesian wilds birds in their natural environment
- To promote public awareness and to circulate information concerning the conservation, the monitoring and the study of Polynesian birds
- Engaging with international scientific organizations
- Producing publications and giving conferences
- Planning and attending awareness-raising and information events
- Concluding study agreements
- Establishing data banks
Our Statutory organisation
Members of the Polynesian Ornithological Society MANU meet in General Assembly to elect Board members for a term of 2 years.
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- Editing and publishing the Newsletter « Te Manu » (4 issues per year) for members of the association
- Implementing actions towards the study and the protection of endangered species
- Taking part in educational and public awareness measures (Environmental Days, Conferences, TV and radio broadcasts…
- Organizing fieldtrips (observations, audio recordings, pictures…) and providing logistical support to the ornithological missions in French Polynésia