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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Lot of people are coming along to our "Bats of Vanuatu" exhibition at Alliance française de Port-Vila. Everyone is welcome to come along and find out more about what bats we have here, how they help us and the environment and which bats are unique to Vanuatu. ... See MoreSee Less

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Don't forget our Bats of Vanuatu talk is on Monday night at 6pm at the Espace Alliance française de Port-Vila. The Bat exhibition will be open all week. ... See MoreSee Less

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Congratulations to Robea Daniel who was the Vanuatu winner of the CLiP art competition. We delivered his first prize last week: art materials of his choice. Robea chose a compressor and paints so he didn't need to keep buying spray paint in cans for his murals and artworks and therefore reducing the litter he creates. This is very much in line with the reduce litter message of the programme and we are very happy that Robea thought about litter when he chose his prize. Well done Robea, we can't wait to see what artwork you produce with your new paints! Cefas - Commonwealth Litter Programme TierraMar ... See MoreSee Less

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