Ecological design and sustainable development specialist
“Using nature’s guidelines as a basis for design: an introduction to ecological design and how to create thriving communities”
Pauline Sillinger is an environmental specialist raised in French Polynesia. She earned a B.A. Honours Environment from McGill University in Canada and she later strengthened it with two certificates in Permaculture Design and Design for Sustainability (Gaia Education). Pauline strongly believes that change comes from empowering people to take actions for themselves and their environment, which explains why most of her work has focused on working hands in hands with local communities to find tailor-made solutions that respect their livelihoods and traditions. In 2017, she started working for the Fédération des Association de Protection de l’Environnement “Te Ora Naho”, a Polynesian NGO that gathers the private stakeholders acting for sustainable development in French Polynesia. She is currently developing a training programme for individuals who live in remote Polynesian islands so that they can become agents of change in their own communities. Pauline is also very involved in preserving the Polynesian cultural heritage as she is a Tahitian dance teacher and travels overseas to share this knowledge and passion.