Implementation of a sustainable management plan

“Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” [Brundtland Report 1987]

Located in the buffer zone directly adjacent to the Poé lagoon, the Gouaro Deva site belonging to the private estate in the South Province has the most expansive dry forests in New Caledonia. As such, they have an important heritage value that must be preserved in the long term.

The first stage of this preservation consisted of the accumulation of environmental expertise that led to the first sustainable management recommendations, with the aim of combining economic development with the aspirations of the rural populations and the protection of biodiversity.

Mwe Ara (SEM) missions:

Agreement with the South Province with the following principal missions:

  • To welcome and provide information to visitors
  • To build relations with Domaine stakeholders
  • To develop tourist activities
  • To manage the Domaine (security, care-taking, maintenance of spaces and equipment)
  • To protect the environment: raising awareness, developing natural heritage and fighting against invasive species

Ensure the development of tourism and economic benefits for the region

3 objectives:

  • To preserve the richness of this exceptional site
  • To promote a comprehensive, well thought-out sustainable development showcase in New Caledonia
  • To foster the flourishing of the Bourail region by creating sustainable activities and jobs = rebalancing project

The environmental aspect of the Déva project

The goals in this regard are to preserve, improve and promote the environment and natural resources in the long term, maintaining major ecological balances, reducing risks and preventing negative environmental impact.

Among other things, this environmental dimension involves projects promoting and raising awareness for the environment (biodiversity discovery trails), respectful projects (green construction sites, waste management, etc.) and a forestry project

The societal aspect

This centres on the protection of heritage: classification of the Taboo valley, preventive archaeological missions, and, ultimately, the development of a historical and cultural village

The economic aspect

The economic side of the “Domaine de Déva” project encompasses the development of nature tourism activities (mountain bike trails, equestrian paths, hiking routes, ornithological observatory, golf, and paragliding), the creation of accommodation facilities accessible to all customers (high-end hotel, holiday village, bungalows, camping) and also an agricultural project in the heart of the Domaine.