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Pacific-wide specialized research centers
- Centre des Nouvelles Études sur le Pacifique - Université de la Nouvelle-Calédonie
This multidisciplinary centre for Pacific Studies brings together historians, archaeologists, anthropologists, linguists, geographers, economists, sociologists, specialists in English and French literatures and languages, etc. Main areas of research: gender studies; mining activities and sustainable development; Pacific and French languages, culture and education; social tensions and reconstructions in Pacific island countries.
- Institut Agronomique Néo-Calédonien (IAC)
The Agronomic Institute of New Caledonia (IAC) supports rural development through research focused on sustainable agriculture, environmental conservation and rural transformation. The five scientific priorities of IAC are food security and diversification of productions; management of risks and security of productions; new economies and rural livelihoods; conservation of natural resources and biodiversity; sustainable use of water resources.
- IRD Nouvelle-Calédonie
The Research Institute for Development (IRD) is a French and interdisciplinary research organization, which studies the relationships between human beings and the natural environment. Its main centre in the French tropical overseas territories is based in Noumea, New Caledonia, where research activities focus on ecosystems, natural resources, and marine and terrestrial biodiversity; climate change and natural hazards; societal challenges; health.
- L'Ifremer en Outre-Mer - Délégation de Nouvelle-Calédonie
Ifremer is a French oceanographic institute. In New Caledonia, it works principally in the field of marine aquaculture and more specifically of shrimp farming. Other areas of research: valuing of natural resources and biodiversity; marine protected areas; integrated management of lagoons; marine geosciences.
- Laboratoire Insulaire du Vivant et de l'Environnement (LIVE) - Université de la Nouvelle-Calédonie
The current research project of the laboratory of life and the environment is entitled “Adaptive mechanisms, bio-molecules and functional units of island ecosystems in southwestern Pacific”. It comprises four broad areas of academic and applied research: plant biology; interactions between microorganisms and metals in ultramafic soils; bio-molecules of plant biodiversity in New Caledonia and in the South Pacific region; marine ecology in reefs and lagoons.
- South Pacific Integrated Observatory for Environment and Terrestrial and Marine Biodiversity (GOPS)
GOPS is a scientific interest group comprising 17 universities and research organizations interested in the South Pacific region. Main areas of research: marine ecosystems; terrestrial ecosystems; climate variability/change and natural hazards; social constructions, policies and practices of “nature” in the South Pacific region; environment and health.