Empowering Community in Coastal Land management and Rehabilitation
Empowering Community in Coastal Land management and Rehabilitation
The Vunausi area is a stretch of around one kilometer of (1km) and extends inland to a verily flat terrain which is mostly sandy loam soil type. The area once was covered by beautiful lust low land rainforest has now been converted to coconut plantation, grazing and subsistence farming. In the recent two decade there has been a marked erosion of coastal area effecting the village areas and especially Tata Primary and Secondary School infraatructure.
Few people had made effort on the rehabilitation of coastal areas but the continuous erosion of soil had resulted in some of the old and big coastal trees washed away or others with roots exposed and likely dying. The local community and the Tata School realized this danger of soil erosion and with this issue have little answer to address the matter. Currently the Tata school football field side (Southern part) exposed to the sea and wind is slowly moved in as the sand continues to fall in its venerable position. It is hoped that through this project that more sound information is gathered and extended to the public to assist in addressing coastal erosion. Also through the project is to practically plant trees to reduce the soil erosion and protection of the soil and environment.
While most of the community members see that threat there is still the need for a wider campaign towards taking measures. The best solution would be to conduct more awareness towards the direction to take in terms of measures and to actually establish rehabilitation plots to assess their effectiveness and a big effort towards rehabilitation of the eroding coastal area.
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Project Snapshot

Vunausi Community Development Programme
Area Of Work:
Land Degradation
Grant Amount:
US$ 41,040.00
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 2,358.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed

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Project Characteristics and Results
Emphasis on Sustainable Livelihoods
A nursery will be established as part of community capacity building on rearing coastal plants as recovery of coastal vegetation vulnerable to climate change impacts. some of the coastal plants are of economic values. Others plant will be come part of inter cropping with subsistence farming for market of cash crops to building resilience in the community.
Significant Participation of Indigenous Peoples
The use of local language. The community based organisation that implement that project is a local community based organisation comprises for technical people that has the same language with the local people makes it easier for communication and interaction in the project implementation.
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Vanuatu government Department of forest

SGP Country office contact

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


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