The Kivi Kuaka project was initiated by the Ministries of the Army and of Ecological Transition, which asked the National Museum of Natural History to perform a feasibility study and implement the first phases. Other institutional partners joined the project in 2019 and are helping to fund the research and development: the French Office for Biodiversity (OFB), the French Development Agency (AFD) and Météo France.
From an operational point of view, the field implementation of the project benefits from close interactions with associative, administrative and institutional partners, for example to organize expeditions and communicate about the project. During the first expedition organized in French Polynesia in January 2021, the Société d’Ornithologie Polynésienne participated to the work, the Polynesian Direction of Environment authorized the captures of the birds, and the National Navy ensured the logistics of the mission in the Tuamotu.
Kivi Kuaka is a collaborative research project, which mobilizes a network of researchers from multiple countries and many scientific disciplines in ecology, animal behavior, meteorology, in France and in the Pacific. This network involves shorebird specialists at the University of La Rochelle (LIENSs unit, France), the University of Groningen (the Netherlands), the University of Massey (New Zealand), the USGS in Alaska (United States), and Météo France research teams. Without forgetting, of course, the close collaboration with the Max Planck Institute in Germany, which coordinates the development of the ICARUS initiative.
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