The Institute for Pacific Coral Reefs (IRCP) is an institute of The Practical School of High Studies (EPHE), created on January 21st, 2009 by order of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research.
The main missions of IRCP are among four :
– Promote, over time, on a regional scale of the Pacific, the necessary link between fundamental research, politics of conservation and formation of the actors in the field of the management of coral reefs;
– Support transverse topic, which take account the contribution of the human and social sciences for the sustainable management of coral reefs;
– Set up a monitoring network of coral reefs;
– Work in favour of federative projects aiming at the conservation of coral reefs and so to contribute, in a context of sustainable development, a contribution in the future of the coral ecosystems and peoples who depend on it.
For the exercise of its missions, IRCP leans on the potential of research and service of the competent section of Practical School of High Studies (EPHE) so in France as in French Polynesia. As such, IRCP possesses very narrow links with the Center of Biology and tropical ecology and the Mediterranean Sea (EPHE – CNRS – University of Perpignan) and The Insular Research Center and Environment Observatory to Moorea (CRIOBE-URS 3278 CNRS-EPHE)