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Operator

The operator that is in charge of the implementation of the RESCCUE project in Vanuatu, under dual oversight from SPC and the Vanuatu Government, is Opus International Consultant with Development Services, OceansWatch, Landcare Research, Live and Learn Vanuatu, C2O Consulting and individual consultants.

Contact: Rowan Dixon – [email protected]

Vanuatu Government focal department

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Co-operation and External Trade: Toney Tevi – [email protected]

Pilot site

The activities requiring implementation are located on North Efate.  The site covers two marine protected area networks on North Efate, i.e. Tasi-Vanua and Nguna-Pele.  It stretches from the Mangaliliu village outskirts to Epao village (inclusive) 45 km away and encompasses Nguna, Pele, Lelepa, Emao and Moso Islands.

Activities

Special emphasis is placed on consistency and synergy between the various Vanuatu Government bodies and departments’ policies and action and those of the North Efate local-government authorities.

RESCCUE supports the development and implementation of an integrated coastal management (ICM) plan for North Efate that is consistent with SPC guidelines and the National Integrated Coastal Management Framework and Implementation Strategy for Vanuatu.  The implementation of the ICM plan is divided into three areas:

  • Terrestrial ecology

Biodiversity, soil and water-resource protection by providing support for setting up the Efate Land Management Area (ELMA), controlling invasive exotic species, particularly rats and snails, and creating reserves in patches of natural forest in partnership with local communities.

  • Household waste management

Developing simple, realistic, locally-based household waste management plans; reducing, re-using and recycling waste with awareness and training activities; placing emphasis on eating local produce; handicrafts; composting methods; and defining waste processing sites.

  • Marine resource management

Support for strengthening the Tasi-Vanua and Nguna-Pele networks (governance, business plan and building a resource centre at Emua), developing and using a community-based marine resource monitoring toolkit, setting up new locally-managed marine areas and strengthening management of existing “taboo” areas.

Climate change adaptation (CCA)

As a supplement to the ICM plan, RESCCUE is providing support for the Republic of Vanuatu’s climate change and hazard mitigation policy.  The operator co-ordinates the following activities:

Economic and financial analysis and mechanisms for implementing and guiding public policy

RESCCUE is identifying and implementing innovative economic and financial mechanisms for ICM.

The economic, financial, legal and political feasibility study identified the following opportunities:

  • Develop a conservation fund that tourism industry actors will contribute to on a voluntary basis by adding a surcharge on room occupancy and other tourism revenue. In order to support the fund, tourist industry development activities will be carried out, such as fostering single-rider trips to small offshore islands and developing information on tourist attractions (Vanuatu Tourist Information Centre, Port Vila, and Tasivanua Resource Centre, etc.).
  • Obtain supply contracts for farmer co-operatives with hotels and restaurants. Three farmer co-operatives have already been set up on Nguna and Pele Islands under the CCCPIR project.
  • Develop a land-lease guide for the communities with an emphasis on the implications of leasing in terms of access to and the management of natural resources on the sites.

 

Synergies with other projects

In both integrated coastal management and climate change adaptation, it is very important to identify synergies and improve activity co-ordination.  In addition to liaising regularly with the Shefa Province government departments, RESCCUE has developed valuable collaboration with GIZ’s CCCPIR (Coping with Climate Change in the Pacific Island Region) programme by co-funding capacity-building activities and sharing human resources.