Project Description

The objective of the Project is to support country-driven institutional strengthening at the national level, in the context of an integrated approach to address the financing of the sound management of chemicals and wastes, taking into account the national development strategies, plans and priorities of each country, to increase sustainable public institutional capacity for the sound management of chemicals and wastes throughout their life cycle. Institutional strengthening under the Special Programme will facilitate and enable the implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, the Minamata Convention and the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM).

The first session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-1), in June 2014, in resolution 1/5 on Chemicals and Waste, further adopted the terms of reference for a Special Programme, to be funded by voluntary contributions, to support institutional strengthening at the national level to enhance the implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, the Minamata Convention on Mercury and the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM). The Special Programme is one of two complementary elements of dedicated external financing under the integrated approach, with the GEF being the other element.

The Special Programme is part of the sub-programme 5 on chemicals and wastes in UNEP’s Programme of Work, in particular Project 515.2 Special Programme to support institutional strengthening at the national level to enhance the implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, the Minamata Convention and the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM). It specifically addresses expected accomplishment (a) that countries increasingly have the necessary institutional capacity and policy instruments to manage chemicals and waste soundly including the implementation of related provisions in the multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs).

Following the third call for applications, the Government of Vanuatu submitted their application for funding from the Special Programme Trust Fund to strengthen their capacities for national implementation of chemicals and waste related international agreements. The Executive Board of the Special Programme, at its fourth meeting held from 29 to 31 January 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland, approved the application submitted by Vanuatu.

Objective of the PCA

The proposed project seeks to strengthen the institutional capacity in Vanuatu to implement sound chemicals and waste management in accordance with obligations under the Basel, Rotterdam, Stockholm and Minamata Conventions. The project will be implemented by the Department of Environmental Protection and Conservation (DEPC), with strategic oversight provided by a National Chemicals Coordinating Committee. A Project Management Unit staffed by a Project Manager and a part-time Project Assistant will be established under DEPC to coordinate the day-to-day implementation of the project.

Institutional capacity to implement the Conventions will be strengthened through:

  • development of a national chemicals profile for Vanuatu through a comprehensive situational analysis. This will provide the data and information to establish a solid baseline and set priorities
  • development of a contemporary National Chemicals Management Policy and costed implementation plan, which will help to mainstream Vanuatu’s obligations under the Conventions into national implementation priorities
  • reviewing and updating the national legislative framework for chemicals management to reduce overlap, close legislative loopholes, and strengthen national capacity for environmentally sound chemicals management
  • establishment of a centralised data management system for chemicals and wastes to enable updated data on chemicals and waste to be collected, stored, reported, and used for better decision- and policy-making strengthening the human technical capacity of relevant institutions through the provision of training to stakeholders involved in the implementation of the Conventions, as well as those involved in the life-cycle management of chemicals; and through the establishment of accredited and sustainable training programs that support implementation of the Conventions.
MediasDateDetails on progress of work
Air samples - X2 quotes from suppliers already received for construction of air sampling apparatus. Construction still to be done
Water samples 21/10/17 x2 samples already collected and x1 sample sent to Orebro University, Sweden for analysis
Human milk samples 03/11/2017 x12 milk samples collected and stored in the freezer from first time mothers in Port Vila

Continuing Regional support for the Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Global monitoring Plan (GMP) under the Stockholm Convention in the Pacific Region

The objective of the project is to:

  • Implement the GMP for POPs according to article 16 of the Stockholm Convention on the effectiveness evaluation, by generating data on the concentrations of POPs in the core media; human milk, air and water. The activities will strengthen the national capacity to implement the Global monitoring Plan for POPs
  • Develop a sustainable monitoring plan for POPs for the Pacific Region.

The activities that the Department through the Environmental Protection Division is required to do are:

  • Undertake air sampling
  • Water sampling
  • A 6th round of the human milk survey
  • sampling of major matrices of major national interest and to draft a national report presenting implementation and monitoring results and contribute to the development of a sustainable regional monitoring plan.

The water and air samples are to be collected in three (3) monthly intervals. The project began this year 2017 and should conclude in 2019. A total of 50 milk samples are to be collected in a 2 months period in 2017.

CB2-CCCD Project Information

Objective To strengthen Vanuatu's capacities to meet national and global environmental commitments through improved management of environmental data and information.

Goal: To provide leaders and decision-makers in the government and also on the community level, with the relevant information needed to take appropriate action and to make informed decisions regarding the environment and sustainable resource management in Vanuatu.

Duration 3 Years

Project Importance (Vanuatu Government & Local Communities)

  • Provide better environmental information in Vanuatu in meeting the National and International reporting obligations (Treaties/Policies)
  • Timely response to address this national priorities particularly when considering the emerging issues due to global climate change
  • The possibility to monitor and record environmental data will be useful to respond to threats including negative impacts of global climate change on the local environment, which is the basis of livelihoods, human health and economy in Vanuatu.
  • Improve community capacities to effectively plan and implement, enhanced natural resource management, biodiversity conservation, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and disaster risk reduction are also strengthened

Importance of Stakeholders Engagement

  • Environmental data/information sharing
  • Capacity development in data collection, analyses, dissemination, monitoring & evaluation
  • Planning & implementation of the project

Project Overview

This project will assist the DEPC in:

  • environmental data collection
  • environmental data analyses
  • dissemination strategies
  • development of an environmental data management policy
  • development of a data mou
  • development of a centralised management information system
  • planning, monitoring & evaluation of environmental related policies

This project has three main outcomes:

  • Outcome 1 - Improved management information system to measure achievements towards global environmental objectives
  • Outcome 2 - Strengthened individual capacities to monitor and evaluate impacts and trends on the global environment. [State of Environment Report]
  • Outcome 3 - Improved decision-making mechanisms for the global environment institutionalized

The GEF Ridge to Reef Program

The GEF Pacific Ridge to Reef (R2R) Programme was developed to guide the strategic investment of GEF grant and national funding in actions aimed at achieving the sustainable development of Pacific SIDS within a truly integrated environmental and natural resource management framework.

A GEF Multi-Focal Area Approach

Initiatives of the R2R programme aim to deliver tangible and quantifiable global environmental benefits by focusing on a more cross-cutting approach to water, land and coastal management that captures the complementarities among the following GEF focal areas.

A Multi-GEF Agency Approach

The GEF Pacific Ridge to Reef Programme is a multi-agency initiative involving the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as GEF implementing agencies. Coordination support is provided by the Pacific Community (SPC), a regional intergovernmental organisation that works with Pacific Nations across a wide range of areas relevant to programme implementation, including water resource management, geoscience for development, public health, forestry, fisheries, disaster management, youth, gender and culture.

R2R Programme Goal and Components

The goal of the GEF R2R programme is "to maintain and enhance Pacific Island countries' ecosystem goods and services (provisioning, regulating, supporting and cultural) through integrated approaches to land, water, forest, biodiversity and coastal management that contribute to poverty reduction, sustainable livelihoods and climate resilience". Programme activities are organised under the following components:

  • National Multi-Focal Area Ridge to Reef Demonstrations in all Pacific Island Countries.
  • Improved Governance for Integrated, Climate Resilient Land, Water, Forest and Coastal Management.
  • Regional and National/Local Ridge to Reef Indicators, Monitoring and Evaluation and Knowledge Management.
  • Regional Programme Coordination.

GEF International Waters R2R Project

The operation of the R2R programme is supported in areas of science-based planning, human capital development, policy and strategic planning, results-based management, and knowledge sharing through the International Waters R2R project which is executed regionally by the Pacific Community. R2R pilot projects, to be implemented through the R2R IW project, are designed to strengthen R2R integration by establishing synergies among the work of the various sector agencies between governments and communities, civil society and the private sector.

Vanuatu International Waters R2R Project

The Vanuatu IW R2R Project is part of this GEF IW R2R Project with the objectives of strengthening the current Tagabe River Management Committee (TRMC) which manages the affairs of the Tagabe river, rehabilitate the degraded areas within the Tagabe river protected zones and establishing working collaborations with communities that live along and depend on the Tagabe river and other stakeholders including the civil society and private sector.

The Department of Environmental Protection and Conservation has a number of ongoing projects that are accessible from the dropdown menu above.

Below are a list of old projects that have been completed:

  • Hazardous waste project - This project was initiated to assist in the management of waste oil in Vanuatu and. set up a stewardship system for waste oil collection.
  • POPs project - This project aimed to collect baseline date and update the National Implementation Plan (NIP) for Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) under the Stockholm Convention.The project was coordinated by the University of the South Pacific with GEF Co-finance from UNEP.
  • JPRISM - This project aimed to enhance the sustainable management of solid waste in the Pacific Region.
  • Coral Triangle.