Strengthening community Environmental Stewardship and Ecotourism In Lapo community
Strengthening community Environmental Stewardship and Ecotourism In Lapo community
Lapo Village is one of six coastal communities situated in South West Bay (SWB), Malekula, Vanuatu. Malekula is the most populated and culturally diverse island in the nation, home to a rich array of marine and terrestrial flora and fauna including numerous endangered and threatened species. The current population of South West Bay is about 1,480 with 180 people in 44 households living in Lapo village (44 households). With the increasing demand for cash ,environmental resources within the marine areas were over used to their detriments. The loss of environmental resources are including endangered species, such as turtles. There were local establishment of conservation areas that were initiated by the communities but were not seem to be very much successes, with little cash income opportunities for local communities and the fast growing population demands for food resources. The project will enhance the local community initiative in establishing a well setup ecotourism in Southwest Bay to help promote the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. This will involve upgrading local infrastructures and established and implement management plans for long term conservation of marine areas for the Tourism activities. Also provide facilities for local women marketing their handicrafts for their income generating activities. And advocate for sustainable livelihood through sustainable environmental conservation and wise use.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
Fire Beach Ecotourism Committee
Country:
Vanuatu
Area Of Work:
Biodiversity
Grant Amount:
US$ 21,427.00
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 15,850.00
Project Number:
VUT/SGP/OP4/NZAID/10/10
Status:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Policy Impact
Information generated will be shared at the local community, province and national level for policy to support sustainble development in vanuatu through protection of the natural environment and sustainable Tourism development.
Capacity - Building Component
The current population of South West Bay is about 1,480 with 180 people in 44 households living in Lapo village (44 households). With the increasing demand for cash ,environmental resources within the marine areas were over used to their detriments. The loss of environmental resources are including endangered species, such as turtles. There were local establishment of conservation areas that were initiated by the communities but were not seem to be very much successes, with little cash income opportunities for local communities and the fast growing population demands for food resources. The project will enhance the local community capacity in their reef ecosystem and how they could use in a sustainable way. The project will be another pilot for ecotoursim in vanuatu seeking ways for long term conservation ofproductive marine areas for the Tourism activities.
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Partnership

US Peace Corps volenteer-Vanuatu

SGP Country office contact

Ms. Leah Silas Nimoho
Phone:
678 26034
Fax:
678 26034
Email:
Ms. Sherryl Mahina Ulufia
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Address

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