Vanuatu prepares pilot sites for land-based climate change adaptation measures
Friday, 04 June 2010 11:54

Pele Island, North EfateThree pilot sites have been selected to implement community-level climate change adaptation measures under the SPC/GTZ Regional Programme on Adaptation to Climate Change in the Pacific Island Region (ACCPIR). The sites were selected after the Vanuatu ACCPIR Steering Committee carried out an assessment of potential pilot sites. Concerned local communities and resource owners were consulted during this process.

The three pilot sites selected are Pele Island (North Efate), Teouma community (South Efate), and Hasevaia community (South Santo). Activities to be piloted are included in Vanuatu’s National Adaptation Programme for Action, and include introducing climate-resistant crops, breeding extreme weather-  adapted livestock, developing community land-use plans, trialling new agroforestry and soil stabilisation methods, and undertaking innovative climate adaptation education programmes.

These activities will be directly implemented by Vanuatu’s project partners the Department of Agriculture, Department of Forests, Department of Quarantine and Livestock, Department of Environment and Conservation, Wan Smolbag Theater, Live and Learn Vanuatu, the Vanuatu Farm Support Association, and the Vanuatu Agricultural Research and Technical Centre.

Also underway is the development of climate change awareness materials. Community awareness is seen as being very important in order to gain support of climate change programmes in the Pacific. The ACCPIR project is facilitating a coordinated approach to climate change awareness in Vanuatu by bringing together primary stakeholders, and developing a standard ‘climate kit’ to bring key messages to the people of Vanuatu. The coordination team has presented draft versions of the climate kit to workshops organised by Wan Smolbag Vanuatu, the Department of Fisheries, and the Vanuatu Village Based Resource Managed Areas Network.

For more information on the Vanuatu component of the SPC/GTZ ACCPIR please contact Dr Christopher Bartlett at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or mobile: 5552187.