Capacity Building for Community Reforestation of Degraded Forest in East Erromango
Capacity Building for Community Reforestation of Degraded Forest in East Erromango
This project provide an opportunity to the community to be provided the skills to restock sandalwood in East Erromango within a buffer area of the 4,100 hectares of Kauri forest (Agathis Macrophylla) Reserve. The trees are 40 meters tall. The project to introduced skills and knowledge to the local communities in rearing local valuable trees, the Santalum autralocaledonian that has a natural stand but depleted to logging since 1800s. The project will trainied local youth in forest nursery managment therough specifically establish a community nursery whereby the community can continue to raise seedlings to restock the depleting resource. Training as part of the project activity will focus on empowering the community with skills and knowledge to grow and manage seedlings in the nursery and also planting out in the field. One of the main focus of the project is to ensure that replanting programs in East Erromango increases the number of trees in the community area, thus preventing harvesting of wild sandalwood to protect the deforestation threatening the wild stand of Kauri trees within National Forest Reserve in Erromango.
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Project Snapshot

Williams Memorial Missionary Training Institute
Area Of Work:
Climate Change Mitigation
Grant Amount:
US$ 30,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 24,036.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 9,936.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Significant Participation of Indigenous Peoples
All training and consultations were done through the local people whom speak the same vernacular language with the local community. The grantee is a local CBO with staff speaking the smae vernacular language.
Emphasis on Sustainable Livelihoods
REforestation programme in the community included restocking of overharvested ornmaental trees, the sandal wood and food trees for economic and food securty.


Vanuatu Government Department of Forestry

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