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French Polynesia

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In accordance with an MOU signed in 2017, Blue Frontiers, through its collaboration with The Seasteading Institute, completed a set of environmental, economic, and legal studies regarding the development and stationing of sustainable seasteads in French Polynesian waters, subject to a special regulatory framework granting them substantial autonomy.

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French Polynesia is one of the promising countries we are cultivating relationships with in regards to stationing seasteads. It is a tropical country of 118 islands in the Pacific ocean, where we have identified a variety of suitable locations. It is outside the hurricane belt, has modern cabled internet connections, and many airline links to major cities including Los Angeles and San Francisco.

While one local community has recently expressed opposition, another which is concerned by sea level rise has also reached out to embrace our project, and many more options are also being considered. One of our main goals for the first half of 2018 is to identify a specific suitable location to take the project to. Among our options are uninhabited locations, as well as others where we will establish mutually beneficial relationships with the local community and our growing network of supporters.

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Timeline

  • Sept 2016

    first trip to French Polynesia and presentation to the government

  • Jan 2017

    exploratory MOU signed

  • May 2017

    international conference on floating islands in Tahiti

  • Oct 2017

    economic, environmental, and legal studies completed

  • Nov - Dec 2017

    local engagement, community building, and site studies

FAQ

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.

Blue Frontiers works with host governments from around the world to welcome suitable seasteading projects. Blue Frontiers was co-founded by a Polynesian and has been interested in French Polynesia given its many strengths:

  • 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. Blue Frontiers 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.

In 2017, The Seasteading Institute signed an exploratory agreement with the government of French Polynesia, and tasked Blue Frontiers with completing the legal, environmental, and economic studies which have now been submitted.

You can download the text of the protocol (english text in the second part).

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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

Blue Frontiers is also pursuing other seasteading projects around the world.

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