• Laboratory PVBMT (Réunion, France)


The joint research unit PVBMT (Peuplement Végétaux et Bio-Agresseurs en Milieu Tropical, Plant Communities and Biological Invaders in Tropical Environment) involving the University of La Réunion and CIRAD, has a long-standing history in the field of biodiversity and conservation. The research unit is organized in 5 main teams devoted to three research fields: devoted to 3 research fields: (i) genomics and epidemiology of plant emerging pathogens, (ii) plant species complexes and genes of agronomic interest and (iii) plant and insect (pests and vectors) ecology  in tropical insular environment. The unit possesses all the equipment and facilities for carrying research on biodiversity (vehicles, laboratory, field station in the lowland forest of Mare Longue). It has been in charge of one of the major biodiversity study in the Mascarenes, BIOTAS funded by ANR, and currently perform ecological studies aiming at describing the still poorly known terrestrial biodiversity of La Réunion island and understand the processes and drivers of its organization.
  • National Museum of Natural History (Paris)

Département Systématique et Evolution, UMR CNRS 7502
Origine Evolution et Suivi de la Biodiversité (OSEB)

  • National Park of Réunion

  • National Park of Guadeloupe

  • University of the Azores

The lab

Azores Bioportal

The Moveclim project and the Azorean team
  • University of La Laguna, Department of Botany

  • 'Te Rau Ati Ati a Tau a Hiti Noa Tu' 

     "Union Polynésienne pour la Sauvegarde de la Nature” (in short “Terauatiati”) is a local non-profit based in Tahiti dedicated to the protection of the environment –and particularly to nature conservation- in French Polynesia since its creation in 1987. It is composed of more than 50 members and contributors, and has a “bureau” (council) formed by 16 elected members, including several local experts on Tahiti’s mountain flora and fauna (including naturalists, farmers, pig hunters, and hikers). The newly elected president since 2011 is Noella TUTAVAE-ESTALL. Terauatiati is part of the « Fédération des Associations de Protection de l’Environnement » (FAPE), an umbrella organization including all the nature protection groups in French Polynesia, and has representatives in different official committees such as the “Commission des Sites et Monuments Naturels” chaired by the French Polynesia Ministry of the Environment.

    During the past 25 years, Terauatiati has built and maintained trails and cabins on Tahiti (Te Faaiti Natural Park, Mont Aorai). Its active members have facilitated numerous scientific field surveys and expeditions to various islands in French Polynesia involving local, French and foreign scientists from Australia, New-Zealand, Hawaii, the USA and Europe. Expeditions have involved scientists from across research disciplines spanning fields such as botany, entomology, ornithology, malacology, archeology and paleo-ecology. Terauatiati has worked in close collaboration with the “Délégation à la Recherche de la Polynésie française” (French Polynesia Department of Research) for the past 10 years, and recently received a grant for a habitat restoration project in Tahiti from the Critical Ecosystems Partnership Fund (CEPF) for the Micronesia-Polynesia Hotspot. The project will be led by Ravahere TAPUTUARAI, a young Tahitian conservationist.