WTEC PROJECTS 2005/6
Support for Community-Based Forest Conservation Initiatives (FCI): This project is helping to identify and address current and future threats to existing forest conservation areas. The emphasis is on improving the management of land and natural resources around the forest sites to meet the needs of nearby people and thus reduce the pressure to (further) encroach into protected forests.
Environmental Education Curriculum Support Project (EECSP): This project is designed to encourage school students to take an active interest in the environment around them and to develop the expertise needed to find solutions to Vanuatu's growing environmental challenges.
Incomes Project (SIP): This project is designed to open up new
income generating opportunities that encourage and support conservation
and sustainable resource management. The project is currently supporting
rural tourism businesses (guest houses) and conservation projects in rural
Vanuatu by marketing natural attractions as destinations for overseas
visitors through the Internet. The project website can be found at www.positiveearth.org/bungalows/
Community Environmental Toolkit: This project is designed to bring together practical information on achieving sustainable development at the community and provincial levels in a form that is accessible and relevant for rural people and provincial leaders.
Youth in the Environment (YITE) [proposed]: This project will provide training and support to young men and women in addressing environmental issues of concern to them and their respective communities. Particular emphasis will be placed on improving the stewardship of natural resources at the family and community level, opening up sustainable income generating opportunities linked to those resources and encouraging young people to remain in rural areas.
Environment Project (BNEP) [proposed]: This project will progressively
address a range of pressing environmental issues of concern to the Big
Nambas people of Northwest Malekula. In its first phase, the project will
concentrate on protecting a site of high environmental and cultural significance
and the establishment of an environment centre to act as a catalyst for
addressing environmental concerns, initially focusing on the over-exploitation
of marine resources in the area.