Vanuatu, Melanesia Project Developments

Last Updated April 2014

2014 will be Island Reach's first season of volunteer activities in Vanuatu, Melanesia.  Research Vessel Llyr is now located 500nm east of Vanuatu in Vuda Point, Fiji and will be ready to move to Vanuatu in early May for a five month work period.

We are currently developing contacts in the region and building a work schedule consistent with Island Reach's mission.   As of April 2014, we have a number of contacts, negotiations and developing projects in the region across civil, non-profit and government groups expressing interest in IR assistance: Live & Learn, the Farm Support Association (whose moto is "Farmers Helping Farmers"), 350 Pacific, Christopher Bartlett, Ph.D. and The National Advisory Board on Climate Change (NAB), Peter Whitelaw President of the Vanuatu Dive AssociationOceans Watch, and the Vanuatu Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries

These groups' projects of interest spread across the archipelago and project support discussions with them include:

---Transport and installation of rain water tanks and collection materials to Buninga where fresh water supplies are failing.

---Videography documenting projects and adaptations to climate change

--- Reefcheck surveys, training and assistance with a Marine Protected Area development project

--- A pilot REDD forest carbon sequestration project

---Educational outreach in schools regarding reefs and agroforestry and distribution of AqualungUSA donated snorkle kits for education and reef gaurdians.

---Agricultural projects and market development

---Distribution of climate change adaptation how-to materials produced in Bislama by Christopher Bartlett, Ph.D. and NAB.

---Participating in Peter Whitelaw's volunteer Crown of Thorns starfish invasion control program

While some relationships and plans can be developed in advance, we understand that groups in Vanuatu want to meet us while considering how we may be of use to their projects and further that many requests for services, such as transport, may arise on short order. 

It is our intention to collaborate across groups and build a full, flexible schedule.  The timing of Island Reach's schedule will be influenced by the weather.

We will post new contacts here and schedules as they develop.  We welcome your referral to project managers and communities who might benefit from Island Reach services.