Floating island backers say French Polynesia project still on

6:52 pm on 11 June 2018

The institute planning to construct a state of the art floating island in the Pacific says French Polynesia is still an option for the project.

The project's backers said they were still in talks with the government which earlier said a deal was void.

A concept for the floating island project in French Polynesia

A concept for the floating island project in French Polynesia Photo: Supplied

The Seasteading Institute's Marc Collins said they had been contacted by several mayors in the territory about bringing the project to their communities.

An earlier proposal to build a floating platform in the lagoon off Tahiti was scuttled due to local opposition, and the government recently told RNZ Pacific it was no longer pursuing the idea.

But according to Mr Collins, the institute's in talks with the government to determine next steps, saying an agreement signed between the two parties early last year, still stood.

He said other islands in the territory had concerns about sea level rise and saw the potential for economic development.

Mr Collins said the institute remained optimistic the project's location would be found in French Polynesia.

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