The SPC/GTZ Regional Programme on Adaptation to Climate Change in the Pacific Island Region (ACCPIR) is currently supporting the Vanuatu Ministry of Agriculture, Quarantine, Forestry and Fisheries with a comprehensive review of its National Forest Policy.
Vanuatu is experiencing major changes in the forestry sector, including a shift from harvesting natural forests to promoting plantations of key species such as whitewood, sandalwood, nangai (canarium indicum), natapoa (terminalia catappa – tropical almond) and mahogany.
There is a strong need to develop a National Forest Policy that addresses current and emerging issues, including forest products and trade, climate change, sustainable forest management, and gender development.
Forest policy expert, Dr Wolf Kilmann, and Forestry Economist, Dr Reinhold Glauner — with support from the Department of Forests— carried out a series of consultation workshops and meetings with Vanuatu stakeholders ranging from the government, industry, non-governmental organisations and local communities. The consultancy team travelled to the outer provinces to meet with various provincial offices and local community organisations. The team followed a bottom-up consultation process to ensure that the revised policy benefits local people.
The draft revised National Forest Policy was circulated in mid-May and a stakeholder workshop will be held in June to ensure that sectoral priorities have been appropriately captured in the draft. It is anticipated that the revised policy will be endorsed by the Vanuatu Council of Ministers by the end of 2010.
For more information on the Vanuatu component of the SPC/GTZ ACCPIR please contact Dr Christopher Bartlett at
or mobile: 5552187. More information can be found at http://www.spc.int/lrd/Climate_Change.htm.