News and Events

Second Joint Coordinating Committee Meeting for J-PRISM II was held at VMGD/MCC Conference Room, Port Vila, Vanuatu on 29 October 2018, and was successfully closed.

J-PRISM II is a region-wide project in Pacific Islands targeting “Human and institutional capacity base for sustainable Solid Waste Management (SWM) in the Pacific region is strengthened through implementation of Cleaner Pacific 2025.”

On Friday 10th August 2018, waste audit survey was conducted by the Port Vila Municipal Council (PVMC) in collaboration with the Department of Environmental Protection and Conservation (DEPC) and J-PRISMⅡProject with the aimed of understanding the current garbage disposal situation of single use plastic bags, plastic straws and polystyrene takeaway boxes. All rubbish was carefully separated by hand and weighed.

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.

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.

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 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.

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).