We are so excited to release this latest video documenting the role played by women in natural resource management and environmental decision-making as part of Wan Smolbag's Vanua'tai Resource Monitors Network. In Vanuatu, threats posed to biodiversity from population growth and overharvesting, climate change, and extractive economies of scale are compounding. For the people of these South Pacific islands, the loss of biodiversity impacts food security and well-being. Case studies from around the world reveal that empowering women leads to more effective and sustained biodiversity conservation. With principle funding from the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, and additional funding from Global Greengrants Fund and the UNDP GEF Small Grants Programme, Island Reach has been collaborating with this indigenous environmental group to increase women's participation, build their capacity, and facilitate peer-to-peer exchanges. Increasingly, women are sharing stories and lessons learned with each other, becoming more knowledgeable about conservation efforts, encouraging each other in actions, and developing leadership skills that enable them to assist their communities to pursue sustainable conservation goals. Women's participation in the Vanua'tai network as environmental stewards and agents of change is inspirational. These women serve as a model for women in conservation and communities across the Pacific region and beyond.
After COP21, The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) referred to small island states like Vanuatu as situated at the frontlines of climate change, but also as places that are "innovative incubators ...showcasing solutions". The Vanua-tai Monitor Network is an excellent example of such innovation. An article by Janis about the Vanua-tai and the importance of biocultural diversity has been published in the March 2016 issue of the marine conservation and travel magazine, Seven Seas. You can read the article here.
Live & Learn Vanuatu has released their report on Water Security in the Shepherd Group which Island Reach was instrumental in helping prepare. In 2014Island Reach delivered and assisted with the installation of the water catchment system and then we returned, post-cyclone, in 2015, to learn about the effects of the cyclone and the building El Nino. Our two videos are featured in this report.
Learn more at this link: Water Security, Shepherd Group Islands, Live & Learn Vanuatu
Our partner, Mission Blue, an initiative of the Sylvia Earle Alliance, has shared a feature on their website about Island Reach. Check it out by clicking here.
On November 16 our partner Mission Blue will launch a Partner Feature that introduces Island Reach’s recent activities as documented in our video The Vanua-tai Trainers of Trainers.
This film is distributed among Vanua-tai trainers across the archipelago as a training film that features community assessment methods, conservation activities, and high-energy motivation.
Bislama with English subtitles 24 min.