PROTÉGÉ (“Pacific Territories Regional Project for Sustainable Ecosystem Management” or “Programme Régional Océanien des Territoires pour la Gestion Durable des Ecosystème” or "Protect" in French) is an initiative designed to promote sustainable and climate-change-resilient economic development in the European Pacific overseas countries and territories (OCT) by emphasising biodiversity and renewable resources. PROTÉGÉ is a regional cooperation project that supports the public policies of the four Pacific OCTs, i.e. New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Wallis & Futuna and Pitcairn Islands.
Designed to last four years (2018-2022), recently approved for an extension until 2024 and it covers four themes, i.e.
- Agriculture et Forestry,
- Coastal Fisheries & Aquaculture,
- Invasive Species
Invasive species are managed to enhance the protection, resilience and restoration of ecosystem services and terrestrial biodiversity.
- Biosecurity is enhanced through the development of strategies and action plans to better prevent the introduction of invasive species
- Mechanisms to monitor and manage certain exotic invasive animal and plant species are implemented to protect biodiversity and ecosystem services.
- Cooperation between the OCTs and between the OCTs and the ACP countries is strengthened and made sustainable through operational, coordination and support mechanisms.
Total Protégé Budget for Component 4: EUR$5,000,000 (approx. US$6,000,000)