Jérôme Petit

Jérôme Petit

  • Director
  • Global Ocean Legacy – French Polynesia,
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts


Jérôme Petit directs Pew’s Global Ocean Legacy project in French Polynesia.

The Global Ocean Legacy team is working to establish the world’s first generation of great marine parks by securing the designation of large, fully protected reserves.  To date, their efforts have helped to double the amount of safeguarded ocean habitat worldwide.

Jérôme 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 this, Petit spent five years in French Polynesia, where he coordinated biodiversity inventories with the University of California, Berkeley, 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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