Community based forest research and Watershed management in Epau
Community based forest research and Watershed management in Epau
Vanuatu high volcanic islands are faced with increasing urban and agricultural development pressure that the native forest areas are removed extensively that local community catchment areas are facing high sedimentation. This is no exception to the Efate island, where the interior of the island formed the basin for local communities water supply. Local communities traditional leaders declared the interior of protected and known as Efate Land Management Area .The decision was challenged with the increasing national governemtn development planned that seen the alienation of land areas within tradtional declared land for agricutureal and residential development.

The Efate Land Management Area (ELMA) is more than 19,000 ha of forested land at the centre of Efate island. The protection of this land has been promoted as both a sanctuary for the island's water supply and natural biodiversity. However little is known about the forest structure and difficult to help management decisions on protection when faced with cash income generating for household through subdivision for lease arrangement for development.
The project will be a study analysis of the forest structure and biodiversity and rehabilitation of water catchment through reforestation programme in Epau community to help provide information on the significance of forest to thelocal communtiy leaders for protection of the watershed for local water supply.
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Project Snapshot

Foundation of the People of the South Pacific Youth Culture Creativity
Area Of Work:
International Waters
Land Degradation
Grant Amount:
US$ 48,274.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 30,000.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 10,500.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Significant Participation of Indigenous Peoples
Community awareness on forest management in Epau by NGOs in the past and initiatives had been taken in reforestation by the local communities in response to the awareness. The project forst assessment will involve participation of the local community as assessment will be on indigenous land. All information from the surveys will be communicated back to the local community.
Emphasis on Sustainable Livelihoods
Improvement of water catchment management for adequate clean water supply.the project be forest research analysis but bring information to the local community on the structure and function of the forest that the community depended on for feul, shelter and more important their water supply.
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Number of national policies informed in biodiversity focal area 2
Number of individuals (gender diaggregated) who have benefited* from SGP project 10



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