New plastic bans have been gazetted

The new waste management regulations were gazetted into law yesterday. These are the plastic bans which were announced at the beginning of the year. From 1st December this year the following items are banned:

Plastic flowers

single use plastic cups

single use plastic folks

single use plastic knives

single use plastic plates

single use plastic spoons

single use plastic stirrers

Plastic egg cartons

Plastic mesh

The definitions of single use bag has been changed to include all types of plastic and all thicknesses and sizes. So all kinds of single use shopping bags are covered by the ban including the so-called “biodegradable” or “compostable” ones.

The definition of a “disposable container” made of polystyrene has been changed to include open containers not just closed or lidded one.

Click here to see a copy of the official gazette

We should be saying “Ta Ta Plastik” to those red meshes in the markets and supermarkets very soon




Internship for bat and dugong projects

Paid Internship for Dugong and Flying Fox Conservation Projects

Two science graduates needed to assist VESS to conduct surveys and fieldwork as well as office-based duties in Port Vila with travel to outer islands. October to November with possible extension. A chance for recent graduates to gain valuable work experience.

Essential Requirements

  • Completed degree in science subject (would suit recent graduates)
  • Good written communications skills in English and Bislama
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work in a team
  • No experience necessary, training will be given
  • Must be available to travel up to 3 weeks to outer islands
  • Interest and respect to Vanuatu’s flora and fauna

How to Apply

To apply, email your curriculum vitae (2 page max) and cover letter (1 page max) which includes a paragraph on why you think dugongs and bats are important to people and the environment to before 25th of September 2019 .

World Oceans Day Vanuatu Clean-up

Data cleanups

New Australian volunteer assignment for VESS

Biodiversity assessment training

Are you a recent science graduate?

Do you want to learn how to assess Vanuatu’s wildlife?

VESS is organizing a Biodiversity Assessment Training to be held from the 17th—20th of April 2018 in Port Vila. We are looking for at least six recent science graduates to train with us, preferably graduates with qualifications in the field of biology, environmental or marine science. The training will be conducted by Australian ecologist, Tyrone Lavery from the University of Queensland and will include assessments of birds, reptiles, mammals and invertebrates.

The training is part of the Bat Project and is being funded by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund. Interested graduates should be able to attend all 4 days of the training including evening outings. To register your interest, please email