Strengthening local community capacity for protection and sustainable management of endangered species in SANMA Province
Strengthening local community capacity for protection and sustainable management of endangered species in SANMA Province
The Species Birgus latro (giant Coconut crab) is an IUCN listed endangered species that is subject to over exploitation in Vanuatu. Some viable stocks identified in Sanma province are also vulnerable to over harvesting with the increasing demand for the local peoples food and cash income through the sale of the resources to the restaurants. This project will determine the current status of the species and provide ecological and biological information to local communities and protected areas managers and buyers, train local monitors in good presentation of reports on any breaches of the laws that ban the harvesting of the resources, assist restocking in favorable sites for survival of the species and where management are feasible.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
Live & Learn Environment
Country:
Vanuatu
Area Of Work:
Multifocal Area
Biodiversity
Grant Amount:
US$ 41,400.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 17,121.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
Project Number:
VUT/SGP/OP4/CORE/09/05
Status:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Notable Community Participation
A provincial coconut Crab Task force efforts in enforcing the provincial bylaws for protection of the species was limited by their poor reporting on cases of breach of the harvest ban and lack of fund to undertake monitoring in the whole province. The task force had engaged local monitors and will need trainings to enable them carry out their task. In the area there are 2 large protected areas whih hosted the highest stocks of crabs. Mangers will be provided with biological inforamtion on the resourses while they participate in the monitoring.
Policy Impact
All information generated will help to influence policy for sustainable management of the endangered species and strenthen protection of their habitats.
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SGP Country office contact

Ms. Leah Silas Nimoho
Phone:
678 26034
Fax:
678 26034
Email:
Ms. Sherryl Mahina Ulufia
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SGP-Vanuatu, UN Joint Presence Office,Rue Mercet, Reserve Bank of Vanuatu 4th Level
PORT VILA, South West Pacific, PMB 9096