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 GEF Pacific National R2R STAR Project

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Project Overview

One of the major environmental problems in Vanuatu is land-use change and poor land management practices that result in a deterioration in biodiversity, land degradation and carbon dioxide emissions. The consequences of these activities can be seen most clearly in the loss of forest cover and, more importantly, forest degradation which then leads to increased soil erosion, pollutions of watercourses, and coastal siltation that damages reefs along with other marine resources and biodiversity.

Land use change also has an important impact on biodiversity, when areas of high biodiversity are cleared for pasture or crops. Vanuatu has a relatively low proportion of land in terrestrial protected areas and a number of important ecosystems are either absent or only minimally covered by the current protected are network. In production landscapes, current farming and forest harvesting practices also have detrimental impacts on the biodiversity in these areas.

Coastal erosion is another problem, often due to development and over-fishing or other unsustainable fishing practices are also a problem in some locations. Many communities have expressed interest in creating locally controlled and managed protected areas, but have to balance their desire for conservation against their needs for food security.

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Vanuatu Results Framework

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Vanuatu PIF 

 

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 GEF Pacific National R2R IW Project

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Activities in component one include ensuring that the Tagabe Catchment surface and groundwater Water quality complies with National Standards. To support this buffer and protected use areas will be established and adhered to through replication of best practices. Additionally partnership between the UNELCO, CBOs and local government will be established and functional to generate effective data for evaluating the stress reduction initiatives

To improve data collection for the Tagabe Catchment R2R Management Plan a PM&E plan will be developed and operational that monitors sediment load and water quality, status of invasive species, impacts on near coastal and riparian biodiversity and ecosystem health, and site-level social impacts. To support the PM&E Plan and to increase community capacity the proportion of the target population monitoring coastal area impacts will be increased to 25% through established agency and community awareness programmes. In addition to this the Tagabe Catchment R2R PM&E Plan will be agreed to and endorsed by local and national government heads and incorporated into the National STAR Project.

Activities in component three include assisting the National Botanical Garden to preserve Vanuatu’s floral biodiversity and operating as a self sustaining entity through Tourism revenue. Adopting best practice for Community local government partnerships for sustainable land and surface water use reported and replicated through National STAR Projects. Additionally public-private partnerships will be established and functional to preserve coastal ecosystems.

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Vanuatu Results Framework

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