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Climate change course in Vanuatu

Full-scholarships are available for a new course on Climate Change & Disaster Risk Reduction Certificate I to be offered at VIT in Port Vila this year (full-time 6 months Feb-July 2017).

With support from GIZ and the SPC EU-PacTVET program, multiple participants will be sponsored who have the interest and motivation to become trainers of this course in the future.

There are 25 full scholarships available which cover all fees, travel, room and board and course materials for 6 months!!!

As the first such formally accredited course on CC/DRR to be offered in the entire Pacific Region, this is an opportunity not to be missed!  More details are available here:  http://www.nab.vu/announcement/fullscholarshipccdrrcourse.

If you are interested interested please fill in the application (click here for the form) and send with your CV and a cover letter) to climate change in Vanuatu VanuatuClimateChange@gmail.com before 20 January 2017!




Scholarships available for Masters in Conservation Leadership at Cambridge University

There are scholarships available particular for those from developing countries. Must have 3 to 5 years experience in biodiversity conservation and show leadership potential.

Here is the information from Cambridge:

Cambridge Masters in Conservation Leadership

Applications and scholarship support for October 2017

The MPhil degree in Conservation Leadership at the University of Cambridge is a full-time, eleven month course aimed at graduates of leadership potential with at least three to five years of relevant experience in biodiversity conservation. Based in the University’s Department of Geography, a unique feature of this course is its delivery by members of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI), a partnership between six university departments and nine conservation organisations or networks based in and around Cambridge. In 2016 a Conservation Campus for the CCI organisations was opened in the refurbished David Attenborough Building in central Cambridge. The Masters in Conservation Leadership has a dedicated teaching room within the building, offering our students constant access to world-leading conservation organisations, practitioners and researchers.

The Masters in Conservation Leadership focuses on issues of management and leadership. It aims to develop conservationists with enhanced awareness of the complex drivers of biodiversity loss, and the ability to act and lead effectively. Consequently, the course aims to deliver a world-class and interdisciplinary education in Conservation Leadership that is not available elsewhere.

  • We now welcome applications for entry to the course in October 2017. For further details on how to apply, please visit the course website:


  • The closing date for applications is 7 December 2016.

We are pleased to be able to continue offering Miriam Rothschild Scholarships in Conservation Leadership to support students attending the MPhil in Conservation Leadership. Successful applicants for scholarships will have outstanding conservation leadership potential, but be unable to fund their studies from other sources. Particular priority for scholarships will be given to those from countries rich in biodiversity but poor in financial resources. Various other awards are available through sources such as the Cambridge Trusts.

If you have any queries about making an application, please contact the Programme Administrator, Lisa Harris: admin.conservationleadership@geog.cam.ac.uk

Injured turtle

National Environment Day 2015

National Environment Week 2015

VESS assisted the Department of Environmental Protection and Conservation to organise events for this years National Environment Week.

This year’s theme for World Environment Day was “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume With Care.”

Some of the highlights of this year’s National Environment Week were as follows: The week started and ended with a planting of Sandalwood seedlings plantings. These plantings are a small part of the rebuilding of Vanuatu after cyclone Pam, as many trees were lost. It was also part of the initiative to create a Sandalwood city in Port Vila.

On the Saturday, ‘Clean Up Your Environment Day’ VESS conducted litter survey to see what type of litter is affecting our streets. Divers also collected litter from the sea. Communities were encouraged to hold their own cleanup days throughout the week. Big Blue hosted an underwater photo competition and some amazingly beautiful creatures living just off the seawall were captured through the lens. But these creatures are at risk from the litter on the streets that is being washed down the drains and into the sea. Tuesday was a ‘No Plastic Challenge Day’ – it is hard to live without plastics but we encouraged people to say no at least to plastic shopping bags. Kawenu School Children demonstrated that there are alternatives to plastic shopping bags and made bags out of old newspapers. One evening there was a short film night showing some confronting and inspiring short environmentally themed films.

Results of the litter survey conducted by VESS during National Environment Week

We went one stage further with our litter clean up by conducting a litter surveys. We counted each piece of litter we collect and noted what type of litter each piece was. This gives us some data about what sort of litter is littering our streets and seashore. 5126 pieces of litter were collected over 4 locations. The vast majority of the rubbish was plastic bags and plastic food wrappers as well as aluminium drinks cans. It was observed, during the survey at Fatumaru Park, that the litter was most concentrated around the seating areas in the park. This data can be used to highlight the problem of plastic litter in Port Vila.