Mt. Panié - Last Stand for New Caledonia's Sacred Kauri

April 22, 2020

Arlington, Va. (April 22, 2020) – Today, at the Earth Optimism Summit, Conservation International will premiere their newest film, "Mt. Panié - Last Stand for New Caledonia's Sacred Kauri", directed by Emmy-award winning cinematographer, photographer and marine conservationist Shawn Heinrichs.

The journey begins atop New Caledonia’s highest peak, home to the single last stand of the ancient Kauri tree, a conifer \which lives over 1,000 years. Truly a story of 'reef-to-ridge' connectivity, in which local conservation heroes relate how this sacred forest feeds the rivers and rich coral reefs of this tropical paradise, and how the people depend on the continued health of this natural system. 

The film takes you on their deep and personal journey, for themselves and for their children, to understand how climate change and invasive species are killing these ancient trees, a species that has been recognized as Critically Endangered, and how the increasing loss of these trees places the local (Kanak) way of life and unique culture under threat.  

But there is hope. With support from Conservation International, and Province Nord government, the local Kanak tribes and clans have responded by creating the first indigenous conservation organization in New Caledonia. They are now determined to double the size of the Mount Panié Protected Area. Join us for a deep dive in this jewel of the Southwest Pacific!

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Social media events:

  • 8:00 PM EST / 5:00pm PST – the film, Mt. Panié - Last Stand for New Caledonia's Sacred Kauri,  will premiere at the Digital Earth Optimism Summit
  • 9:30 PM EST / 6:30pm PST - @conservationorg Instagram will host a live Q&A with Shawn Heinrichs, Dayu Biik, and  Josine Tiavouane as they discuss the short film "Mt. Panié - Last Stand for New Caledonia's Sacred Kauri," their continued efforts to protect Mt. Panié, and the value of indigenous stewardship

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For media interviews, contact: Emmeline Johansen, Communications Director, Asia Pacific Field Division, Conservation International | Mobile +64  277 793 401 | Email

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