Vanuatu is an archipelago of 83 islands in the South Pacific enriched with amazing flora and fauna. It is a country where the majority of the people live in rural areas and are dependant on their surrounding environment and natural resources to thrive. Consequently there is a strong bond between Ni-Vanautu and their land. But there is little scientific study of the plants animals and their interactions with each other. At VESS we believe that  both indigenous knowledge, passed down from gerneations of people living on the land, and scientific knowledge together will assist this and future generations to live harmoniously within our changing environment. VESS aims to fill the knowledge gaps that exist in relation to our environment and the flora and fauna resident here so we understand our natural world and can develop the tools to ensure sustainable use of our natural resources as well as preserving Vanuatu’s unique biodiversity into the future.

Vanuatu sits within the East Melanesian Island’s Hotspot for biodiversity. Our islands are young, in geological terms, and remote and this has lead to a high level of endemism which means that there are many animals and plants that live in Vanuatu and no where else in the world. Vanuatu is surrounded by coral reefs which are home to an array of beautiful marine organisms. Our costal waters are also visited by migratory species such as whales and marine turtles. Some of these species are threatened with extinction and listed on the IUCN Red List of threatened species. VESS will work towards improving the prospects for these threatened plants and animals and increase their chance of survival. You can find out more about the richness of East Melanesian Islands Hotspot from the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund’s (CEFP) website and the EMI ecosystem profile. The CEPF is currently funding projects in Vanuatu including supporting VESS. This website was built as part of a project funded by CEFP. 

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Would you like to see surfer Dan surfing in ice waters or Ben Thouard creating the most amazing surfing photos or Philip Gray painting underwater? You will discover these people's love of the ocean and much more. There's one more chance to get your 2019 Ocean Film Festival tickets. We will be at Big Blue dive shop from 12 until 1pm on Monday (19th August). Vt800 for standard tickets and Vt2000 for Gold Class on either Tuesday 20th or Thursday 22nd August. Thanks to Bred Bank for sponsoring the Vanuatu screenings. ... See MoreSee Less

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If you haven't bought your ticket to the 2019 Ocean Film festival World tour yet, you have another chance. We will be selling tickets again on Thursday lunch time at Big Blue Vanuatu between 12 noon and 1pm. Don't miss out on the hottest tickets in town! ... See MoreSee Less

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Marine life features in many of the films in the Ocean film festival. Don't forget to buy your tickets on Saturday ... See MoreSee Less

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