Biodiversity in French Polynesia

See the Moorea Biocode Project for a comprehensive database of Moorea's biodiversity.


Some species are protected by French Polynesian law and/or international treaties.  Research on these species require additional procedures depending on the species and activity proposed. Species are protected because they are recognized as locally endangered (FP legislation) or because they are overexploited by international trade (CITES).

If you wish to study a protected species (see lists below), please include a short proposal specifically for this study along with your general permit application (protocole d'accueil) and send it to Hinano Teavai-Murphy.  

Legal instruments in force in FP:

1- Local legislation regulating both the collection and the exportation of species:
"Délibération n° 95-257 AT du 14 décembre 1995 relative à la protection de la nature"

2- International treaty regulating only cross-borders exportation of species:
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)


Species protection:

1- On a local scale: The responsible authority is the Council of Ministers in French Polynesia.

- Category A : Collection and exportation are forbidden anywhere and at anytime without prior authorization (Art.16 délib.n°95-257 AT). Check the species list here.

- Category B : Collection and exportation are forbidden without prior authorization in specific habitats and for a limited period (Art.17 délib.n°95-257 AT). Check the species list here.


2- At the international scale: The Management authority is the "Haut-Commissariat de Polynésie française".

- Appendix I: Prior grant of an import permit and either an export permit or a re-export certificate are required (Art.III of the CITES). Check the species list here.

- Appendix II: Prior grant of an export permit or a re-export certificate is required (Art. IV of the CITES). Check the species list here. Check the species list here.


Legal obligations exemptions:

Researchers are subject to specific derogations:

1- FP legislation: The Ministers council can permit collection and exportation for scientific research purposes only if the demand specifies precisely the utilization and destination of the specimens subject to the derogation (Art.19 délib.n°95-257 AT).

2- CITES: Non-commercial loan, donation or exchange between scientists or scientific institutions registered by a Management Authority of their State are exempted from permits requirements (Art. VII-6 of the CITES) according to the procedure described in Arrêté du 21 décembre 2000.


Requests for permits, authorizations and derogations, should be addressed to:

DIREN, Direction Régionale de l'Environnement in French Polynesia (Main authority for protected species)

But we recommend you contact the Gump Station first to assist with preparing your request.  


Exporting Scientific Specimens

1.  CITES species:  this can be arranged (from French Polynesia to a CITES registered institution overseas); please contact the Gump Station

2.  French Polynesian protected species: see above; please contact the Gump Station

3.  Non-protected species:  Shipping will be done through FedEx and the following items will need to be attached to the outside of the box.  If you plan to take specimens in your luggage, you will still need to have all forms.

  • Detailed list of contents (naming all species to be shipped)
  • Scientists research permit (Protocole D'Acueil)
  • Exportation Form.  Note:  Alcohol of any quantity cannot be shipped.  A value for the contents must be given.  We suggest $10 or the value of the vials/containers etc. 
Category A species in FP.xls125.5 KB
Category B species in FP.xls23.5 KB
CITES Appendix I.xls33 KB
CITES Appendix II.xls288.5 KB
Export Form.doc45.5 KB