Jérôme Petit directs the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project in French Polynesia.
Petit has a decade of technical and political experience in international biodiversity governance. He previously worked with the European Commission managing projects financed by the European Union (EU) in developing countries and representing the EU during negotiations under the Convention on Biological Diversity.
Before that, Petit spent five years in French Polynesia, where he coordinated biodiversity inventories as a researcher at the University of California, Berkeley’s Gump Station and worked with the local government on a climate change strategy. He also worked with the International Union for Conservation of Nature in Brussels on EU overseas territories and at various research centers in Australia, Burkina Faso, Nepal, and France.
Petit holds a doctorate in Life Science.
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After four days at sea and amid a violent storm, our voyaging canoe finally approached Raivavae, a Pacific island about 445 miles south of Tahiti. As thick rain and waves lashed the deck, I fought to keep the boat on course during a shift at the helm. As happy as I was to see land, I was also already growing nostalgic about leaving the great ocean. Read More
A short illustrated book, published in French and English, tells the story of the proposal to create a large, fully protected marine reserve in the waters surrounding French Polynesia’s Austral Islands in the South Pacific Ocean. French artist Benjamin Bécue produced the colorful and playful drawings. Read More
France has joined the global movement to protect the world’s ocean by proposing creation of a large fully protected marine reserve in sub-Antarctic territorial waters in the southern Indian Ocean. The proposal, made by the French Environment Ministry in September, would safeguard 120,000 square kilometers (46,000 square miles) of ocean surrounding the Crozet and Kerguelen islands. Read More