News and Events

Launch of Vanuatu Special & Unique Marine Areas Report & Vanuatu Marine Bioregions Report

3pm Thursday 19th July 2018

Au Fare, Port Vila

Press Release: Download English Version

VU Marine Bioregions Report: Download English Version

Biophysically Special, Unique Marine Areas of Vanuatu: Download English Version

Vanuatu is leading the Pacific, in terms of ocean management. It has led a shifting focus which is recognising that 98% of this nation is sea whilst only 2% is land. Vanuatu is the first country in the region to have an integrated, holistic Ocean Policy. This Policy allows for cross-sectoral coordination and collaboration to maintain and enhance the cultural, social and economic values that we, the people of Vanuatu, derive from our ocean.

This Policy arose from a decision made the Council of Minister's in 2014.

The Department of Environmental Protection and Conservation would like to remind the general public about the waste management orders that will commence on 1 July 2018. Following the Honourable Prime Minister’s announcements in July 2017, the Vanuatu Government has made a commitment to ban single use plastic shopping bags, polystyrene takeaway boxes and plastic straws from 1 July 2018.

Vanuatu’s coasts and oceans are home to a myriad of plants and animals. Complex and varied habitats including coral reefs, mangroves and seagrasses together with underwater volcanoes and underwater mountains and valleys create a biodiversity paradise.

The announcement of the new ban on single use plastic bags, plastic straws and polystyrene takeaway boxes has been generating a lot of interest.

To help you understand what it is all about, the Department of Environmental Protection and Conservation has posted some answers to your frequently asked questions.

Staff from Oceanswatch who are working in Temotu, Solomon Islands, undertook a learning exchange visit to Santo, Vanuatu. Chris Bone and Eddie Pae travelled to the Loru Community Conservation Area to learn about the Loru Forest Carbon Project.

The people of Loru have rejected the advances of loggers and have instead developed an extensive conservation project that aims to sell rainforest carbon offsets as a way of generating revenue for local economic development.

The Department of Environmental Protection and Conservation would like to inform the general public about three orders made by the Minister of Climate Change Adaptation, Meteorology, Geo-Hazards, Environment, Energy and Disaster Management, the Honourable Ham Lini Vanuaroroa.

Island Reach acts aboard Research Vessel Llyr, and by air, truck, and small boat, reaching remote communities across Vanuatu to build conservation capacity and facilitate peer-to-peer networking.

Under a small grant, Island Reach is promoting gender equity for conservation initiatives by catalyzing a women's environmental network across CEPF priority sites.

The Department of Environmental Protection and Conservation (DEPC) is celebrating a milestone of the Department with the launching of its website by the Director General (DG) of the Ministry of Climate Change, Mr. Jessie Benjamin.

The launching took place Thursday this week at the VMGD Conference Room (Ministry of Climate Change).

The Edenhope Foundation, based on the west coast of Santo, Vanuatu, is working to establish a locally-based Conservation Network for the Santo Mountain Chain – one of CEPF's priority KBAs. As a joint initiative of Edenhope, GIZ and CEPF, the community of Tasmate on the west coast of Santo hosted a 3-day workshop from August 23rd-25th, focusing on food security and environmental conservation.

Under the CEPF small grants program, administered by IUCN Oceania, we are delighted to welcome VEAN, VELA, FORCERT and ESSI as CEPF recipients. VEAN, the Vanuatu Environmental Advocacy Network and VELA, the Vanuatu Environmental Law Association are receiving support to strengthen their respective organizations in order to carry out future biodiversity work effectively; FORCERT will work with communities in Cape St George on sustainable land use planning; whilst ESSI (Ecological Solutions Solomon Islands) received a small grant to host the recent Species Forum in Honiara.

Vanuatu is one of the hot spots for nature conservation in the Pacific. It is the home to 9 globally endangered bird species and 9 endemic species. Eight important bird and biodiversity areas have been identified by BirdLife.