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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).

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.