Data cleanups

New Australian volunteer assignment for VESS

THE PACIFIC MARINE LITTER CHALLENGE

Litter survey for World Environment and World Oceans days

You might have seen that we have an exhibition on this week with the theme Beat Plastic Pollution for World Environment Day. We are encouraging people who are doing cleanups to collect data on the litter they pick up.

Data on litter helps us see what items are causing the biggest problem in the environment. Last year’s data on litter clean ups helped shape the policy and informed the government on what items to include in the first round of the plastic ban.  The ban on plastic bags, plastic straws and polystyrene takeaway boxes comes into effect on 1stJuly. So this year it is really important to gather as much data from clean ups in as many different places as possible. It would be really useful to see the data from June – before the ban and from September – 2 months after the ban, to see how effective the ban is at stopping these plastic items getting into our environment.  We are appealing to you to collect the data from a clean up you do in your area and to clean up the same area in September and collect the data. Then to give the data sheets back to VESS so we can add it all together and put it in the report!

You can download the data sheets here: they are available in English, French, or Bislama. You can either scan and email the completed data sheets to vess@vanuatuconservation.org or take a photo of them and upload them to our Facebook page or you can drop the data sheets off at our office upstairs at Anchor House (we are in the same building as Novodental/ medical and South Pacific Travel which is next door the the Waterfront Bar and Grill).

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 vess@vanuatuconservation.org