16.02.2020 – Reportage – TF1 production – Film maker: Pierre-François Lemonnier 


On the island of Pangatalan, the Sulubaaï Environmental Foundation has made every effort with a marine protected area and has extended it to the whole of Shark Fin Bay (Palawan, Philippines). In 2020, a fish population restoration project is ready to be launched. The technique of capturing and cultivating post-larvae, developed by ECOCEAN, will be used to replenish the natural resources of the bay, and for the first time also to provide sustainably artisanal fish farms for consumption fish and a public aquarium.


“If there is only one coral reef left, we hope it will be ours” – said Frédéric Tardieu, founder of Sulubaaï.





22.05.2019 – Documentary film – BLANCPAIN Ocean Commitment & GOMBESSA/Laurent Ballesta 


June 8th marks World Oceans Day, celebrated unofficially since it was originally proposed in 1992 at the Earth Summit, and officially recognized by the United Nations since 2008. On this day each year, the world celebrates the Ocean, its importance in our lives, and how we can protect it. On this occasion Blancpain invites you to watch Pangatalan: Rebirth of an Island – a documentary film presenting the inspiring work of the Sulubaaï Environmental Foundation, a Philippine-based non-profit organization dedicated to conserve, protect, and restore the natural resources of Palawan Island through environmentally sustainable practices and active ecosystems restoration. This short film has been produced by Blancpain together with Laurent Ballesta and the Gombessa team to support the efforts of the Sulubaaï Foundation with a powerful communication tool, and to inspire other local communities around the world to launch similar initiatives.



22.05.2019 – Radio Interview – Sur les routes de l’Asie – Romain Lazzarotto


We have all heard of the terrible degradation of coral reefs around the world, a sad consequence of devastating fishing techniques. On the islands more than elsewhere, it is an entire ecosystem that is gradually disappearing, and this often extends on the land with massive deforestation. There are those who hear about it, and those who act. Frédéric Tardieu is in this second category. Going on an adventure with his wife to change lives on the other side of the world more than eight years ago, he lands on Pangatalan, a tiny abandoned island in the northeast of the Palawan archipelago, in the Philippines. The findings he will make push him to create a foundation and a marine protected area to restore the land and marine ecosystem of the island. With the help of local teams and scientists, he develops innovative restoration techniques whose first results are very encouraging. Nature takes back its rights. Embark on this fabulous story that is far from over. Sulubaaï is today synonymous with hope! 







2018 – Reportage – Tara expedition foundation  



As part of its global research mission on corals, TARA EXPEDITIONS stops at Pangatalan Island (Palawan, Philippines) to meet the environmental foundation Sulubaaï.








15.04.2020 – Le Petit Journal: l’actualité locale et international pour les expatriés français et les francophones



Living in the Philippines since 2011, Frédéric Tardieu created the Sulubaai foundation, which aims to restore and conserve the natural resources, starting with Pangatalan Island. Since mid-March, he has been confined to this 4-hectare island located northeast of the Palawan archipelago. He tells us about his daily life.




12.12.2019 – Le Petit Journal: l’actualité locale et international pour les expatriés français et les francophones


The ceremony of the French people of Asia-Oceania took place on December 5 at the residence of the French Embassy in Singapore. Living in the Philippines since 2011, Frédéric Tardieu is the winner of the innovation trophy for the work carried out with his foundation Sulubaai on the island of Pangatalan. 

Ceremony video



16.09.2019 – Mission Blue – Sylvia Earl Alliance 


Pangatalan Island has been declared a Hope Spot by international nonprofit Mission Blue to highlight the profound impact that a small group of citizens can make when they seek to change the world. Dr. Sylvia Earle, Founder of Mission Blue says, “The time is now to empower one another to do what we can with what we have to protect the fragile marine ecosystems around the world. The conservation work on Pangatalan Island is an incredible example of the impact people can make– cause for hope.”



04.07.2018 – UNESCO – Natural Sciences Sector 


The Pangatalan Island, which forms part of the Palawan Biosphere Reserve (Philippines), operates as an effective living laboratory for conservation and sustainable development through cooperation between the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development and the Sulubaai Foundation (SEF). It combines nature conservation with sustainable tourism, mangrove restoration and community development.





22.03.2018 – D’île en île – ONG Initiative “Petites île de Méditerranée”


It is certainly one of the most extraordinary stories that we have been told, from islands to islands, while doing a mission with our partner Andromède Oceanology … In the 90s, Frédéric TARDIEU met Thierry, a guy from Marseille freshly installed on a small island lost in the Sulu Sea in the Philippines. Curious to learn more about this life of Robinson, Frédéric decides to visit Thierry and embarks for more than 30 hours of travel, between planes, dirt tracks and canoes. The island is love at first sight…

Newsletter n°22 Mars 2018 (full)


03.2018 – Ouest France – L’édition du soir 



In the Philippines, this French couple has made a crazy dream come true : buy an island. They planted trees and now make coral cuttings. Their goal: to make Pangatalan a model of a small, sustainable island with high biodiversity that could be replicated elsewhere in the world.



Scientific communications

Article – Alessi A., Pavy T., Santo M. & Tardieu F, 2019. Our Palawan Journal (5): 1-8. 


Abstract : The practice of dynamite fishing is common throughout all Southeast Asia, representing one of the main cause of reef degradation in the Philippines. In 2016 Sulubaai Environmental Foundation established a 40 ha Marine Protected Area (MPA) on Pangatalan Island (Shark Fin Bay) and designed a Sulu-Reef Prosthesis (SRP) made out from concrete in order to restore the degraded local reef. From 2017 to date SEF has deployed more than 200 SRPs on different coral rubble patches inside the MPA. In detail, SEF located a variety of SRPs 1000 (0.37 m2), SRPs 700 (0.28 m2) and SRPs 450 (0.2 m2), for a total of 178 m2 of artificial surface available for recruitment. This new restoration technic allowed to attach more than 1600 coral fragments belonging to 15 coral genus for a total amount of 28 different species. Results shows 76.63% survivorship rate with an attachment rate higher than 70%. Growing trend (Ecological volume) of branching forms seems significative influenced by the starting size while massive and thin forms did not show any differences between size groups. This new technic has the potential to facilitate resiliency of numerous reefs within coral repartition areas, since it allows to work with different genus increasing and/or maintaining the local biodiversity.



Conference paper. International Conference on Biosphere and Sustainability on July 24-26 2019 – organized by the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD)


Abstract : Sulubaai Environmental Foundation (SEF), a Filippino non-profit organization created in 2012, has been devoted to implement ecosystem protection through targeted actions together with a self- sufficient sustainable development in Pangatalan Island (Shark Fin Bay). Before 2012 vegetation was exploited to produce charcoal, a very impacting activity that left only 306 trees on the island. Marine surveys revealed a similar situation underwater, with more than 60% of coral reef turned into rubble with a direct decrease in fish biomass. During time SEF replanted over 50,000 of native plants and 9.000 of mangrove trees. One goal of SEF is to increase the protection of natural resources. For this reason a Marine Protected Area has been implemented in 2016 and a coral restoration project has started. 85% of the electricity used on the island comes from 20 kW solar-powered system making Palangatan Island a zero-Carbon emission place. Food comes from a 2 ha organic farm initiated and developed by the foundation on the main land nearby the island. Water used on the island comes from the mountain nearby thanks to a gravity-based system, making water use 100% green. SEF is promoting up-cycling of materials in order to reduce the ecological footprint: thus SEF re-uses dismantle wood from old buildings of the surrounding villages and material waste (e.g. iron, wood) is donated to who can re-use it. We believe that with its zero-carbon emission policy and eco-friendly actions SEF can be considered has an example for Biosphere Reserve strategies implementation considering ecosystems conservation, sustainable development and overexploited natural resources restoration.



Technical sheet – LÉOCADIE Aurore, PIOCH Sylvain., et PINAULT Mathieu, “Guide d’ingénierie écologique : la réparation des récifs coralliens et des écosystèmes associés ,” Documentation Ifrecor, consulté le 9 février 2020, paper. 


Abstract : Since the 1970s, ecological engineering has been practiced with an increasingly wide range of tools. It relies in particular on the choice of techniques mimicking degraded ecosystems, while respecting ecological trajectories as best as possible. It is used for many ecosystems.We tackle the subject of restoring coral reefs and associated ecosystems through an inventory of ecological engineering techniques and projects, carried out in France and abroad. This work follows on from two IFRECOR documents: “La restauration récifale: guide pratique à l’usage des décideurs et aménageurs” by Porcher, Job and Schrimm (2003) and “Restauration récifale : concepts et recommandations” by Edwards and Gomez (2007). It is intended to be concise and practical in order to address a large audience, of elected officials, of instructor services within administrations or design offices. The objective is to facilitate information and the dissemination of practices.