Empowering local communities for watershed management and biodiversity conservation and community water security.
Empowering local communities for watershed management and biodiversity conservation and community water security.
Tanna Island is a biodiversity hotspot in Vanuatu with 11 endemic plants found (UNDP land holders Project Report 2006) that have local use. Increasing population couple with the increase slash and burning of natural vegetation to gardening for food crops resulted unintentional removal of significant plants. The loss of forest and fallow period of gardening are becoming shorter each year and is potentially leading to land degradation on the island. Local people needed to be empowered to mainstreamed forest protection in their daily livelihood to support global biodiversity protection and mitigate climate change. The project will continue to build local capacity for forest biodiversity protection through demonstration local protection of water catchment clean water supply for the local community. Knowledge generated will help build local knowledge on forest biodiversity in Tanna.
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Project Snapshot

Entani Community Based Organization
Area Of Work:
Community Based Adaptation
International Waters
Operational Phase:
Phase 5
Grant Amount:
US$ 43,277.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 14,500.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 28,410.00
Project Number:
Start Date:
End Date:
Currently under execution
Project Characteristics and Results
Significant Participation of Indigenous Peoples
A CBO is grantees of the indigenous people based in Tanna. So most of the local meetings in the project development is conducted in local vernacular language during education and awareness on watershed management and biodiversity assessment and had obtained community and land wners agreement to protect the watershed.
Inovative Financial Mechanisms
A midterm review of the project to achieving its targets in scuring local knowledge to protect watershed and managment of endemic species. The lessons will be documented and report to the provincial authority.
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Grantee Contact

Mr Sowany JOSEPH Matou
Phone: 678 7773923
Email: sowanym@gmail.com


Entani CommunityBased Organisation P.O Box 1641 Port Vila, Vanuatu
Tanna Island ,

SGP Country office contact

Ms. Leah Silas Nimoho
678 26034
678 26034
Ms. Sherryl Mahina Ulufia


SGP-Vanuatu, UN Joint Presence Office, Rue D'Artois, Nambatu, Port Vila, Vanuatu
PORT VILA, South West Pacific, PMB 9096