The project consists of constructing ecological floating platforms in a lagoon of French Polynesia that could offer a response to the challenges of rising sea levels and sustainable development.
These platforms would also provide a basis for homes, offices and infrastructure to encourage the formation of vibrant communities and explore new ways of living together.
At the same time, we want to promote innovation in digital and marine technologies by creating an attractive destination benefiting from its unique framework.
The Seasteading Institute was in the process of evaluating potential host countries when it was invited by a Polynesian to consider French Polynesia, given the many strengths of the region:
- Strong institutional stability and modern rule of law
- Infrastructure and local market developed for essential goods and services
- Frequent and direct air and sea links to major population centers
- Broadband Internet connectivity with provisions for redundancy and increased capacity
- Large pool of qualified professionals and available service sector and marine services
- Protected and shallow water in some lagoons
- Low cyclone and tsunami activity
- Ideal climate
The Polynesian government will fund neither the studies nor the completion of the project. No Polynesian tax dollars will fund Seasteads. No local investors will get tax exemptions either. The Institute estimates that the amount we are going to have to invest in Polynesia will be between 30 to 50 million USD for the pilot phase.
The floating island project will improve the traditional framework of special economic zones with provisions specifically designed to attract investors in French Polynesia. Because free zones already exist elsewhere, we need an innovative legislative framework and streamlined administrative procedures to attract partners and investors.
We have visited several promising sites. Detailed studies are now being undertaken, taking into account in particular the local residents, the seabed, the currents, and the profile of the wind and waves.
The images on our website come from preliminary ideas from our architects, who have been tasked with designing floating islands that suit the locale climate, the desires of residents, and the specific environmental and aesthetic needs of the site we select.
The environment is a major concern of the project, and our architects are very sensitive to protecting it. Our islands are designed to have a negligible impact on the environment, use renewable energies and may even, according to some preliminary studies, lead to an improvement of the ecosystem under certain conditions. We plan to form partnerships for the monitoring of the seabed and to share knowledge about our progress.
The protocol signals the willingness of the government and The Seasteading Institute to work together. In 2017, the Institute tasked Blue Frontiers with completing environmental and economic studies, which have now been submitted to the government. Following that, the government will develop an appropriate legislative framework for the project.
You can download the text of the protocol (english text in the second part).Download
Our partners and companies attracted by this project will contribute to the diversification of the Polynesian economy and help retain local graduates who might otherwise look abroad for opportunities.
Significant investments in construction will spread to the local economy, and businesses and residents will maintain or increase employment with domestic suppliers and traders.
We hope to help place Polynesia at the center of international efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change, notably by developing the technologies needed to maintain populations threatened by rising sea levels in the Tuamotu and elsewhere.
Listen to Minister Jean Christophe Bouissou present the project and its benefits to TNTV:Watch on Youtube