Ambae Soil Erosion control and Garden Access Project
Ambae Soil Erosion control and Garden Access Project
The major islands in Vanuatu are steep and volcanic. 80% of Vanuatu population living in the rural areas and engaging in subsistence gardening. With increasing population and market demand for agricultural crops the high steep slope areas are cultivated in seek for good soil for gardening. With poor infrastructure planning development resulting loss of vegetation, the inland areas of Ambae island are facing severe soil erosion and mass nutrient leaching during heavy rainfall. The roads were badly damaged accessibility for gardening and services are difficult.
This project is submitted under soil bioiversity and land degradatiion, in recognition of diverse range of organisms that allows a low input agricultural system, such as exists under Vanuatu custom gardening, to remain productive and sustainable in the long term, provided appropriate conservation techniques are incorporated to retain the fertile soil in place.
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Project Snapshot

Farm Support Association
Area Of Work:
Community Based Adaptation
Land Degradation
Grant Amount:
US$ 38,720.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 11,100.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 13,230.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Policy Impact
Lessons learnt will be shared at the national level for policy making
Notable Community Participation
Local community members had been agreed on th discussion to address the soil erosion problem that they had longed lived with. Community had participated in the planning of the project and now engaged in the planting of Vertiver grass to be used in most affected eroded areas on steep slopes.
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Hectares of degraded land rest 20


Local Provincial Authorithy-PENAMA Province

SGP Country office contact

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


SGP-Vanuatu, UN Joint Presence Office,Rue Mercet, Reserve Bank of Vanuatu 4th Level
PORT VILA, South West Pacific, PMB 9096