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 generations 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. 

Due to the huge response from the community, we have reached our target number of bottles early and the Salem Plastik mo Savem Solwota event will be closing today. No more bottles will be accepted now. A huge thank you to everyone who has picked up bottles out of the environment and cleaned up Port Vila in time for World Environment Day on Saturday. With World Vision Vanuatu, RecycleCorp Vanuatu and Jason Ernest - ANZ Vanuatu ... See MoreSee Less
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Call out to anyone with a stash of plastic bottles in their homes. Please bring them to the Seafront this week and either get paid for them or donate them to VESS and Green Wave Vanuatu. The community of Port Vila is doing a fantastic job so far at cleaning up all the plastic bottles lying around in the environment- along roadsides, rivers, parks and places where rubbished has been dumped. That is the main aim of the Salem Plastik mo Savem Solwota initiative. Most of these bottles are pretty dirty. People have been asking what will happen to the bottles - all the bottles are going to RecycleCorp Vanuatu and will be baled (squashed up so they take up much, much less space) and then sent to Etas Landfill where they cannot enter the ocean and cause plastic pollution.However we do have another initiative going on as well. We are separating all the clean bottles. These clean bottles will be baled and shipped to Australia in Vanuatu's first ever shipment of plastic for recycling. They will be turned back into plastic bottles - true bottle to bottle recycling! This pilot for recycling plastic bottles from Vanautu is funded under the IUCN's Plastic Waste Free Islands Project and is being facilitated by Searious Business. So if you have clean plastic bottles and want to see them recycled, then bring them to the Seafront this week and either line up and get paid for them or just pop them into the marked cages around the area to donate them. With World Vision Vanuatu & Jason Ernest - ANZ Vanuatu ... See MoreSee Less
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