Nguna-Pele Marine and Land Protected Area Network

This network of marine and terrestrial protected areas spanning the Vanuatu islands of Nguna and Pele has brought together local, national and international actors in a diverse partnership for the conservation of the area's unique biodiversity. The network comprises sixteen indigenous communities engaged in the conservation of more than 3,000 hectares of marine and terrestrial resources.

The project has become a case study for best practice in community marine conservation within Vanuatu and the Pacific islands for its strategies of proactive conservation, resilient management, and locally-appropriate awareness-raising. Among more than 60 different partner organizations are local and regional NGOs, government ministries, international volunteer organizations, research institutes, and tour operators who promote the islands as an ecotourism destination.


Key Facts 

Equator Prize Winner: 2008
Founded: 2002
Location: Islands of nguna and Pele
Beneficiaries: 16 Nguna-Pele villages
Biodiversity: Nguna-Pele Marine and Land Protected Area


Case Study

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Nguna-Pele Marine Protected Area - Vanuatu (EN)

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 Equator Prize 2008

Asia And The Pacific

 Biodiversity Conservation

 Marine and Coastal Resource Management

 Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change


Contact Information

Mr. Kalpat Tarip or Mr. Chris Bartlett
The Nguna-Pele Marine Protected Area
Peace Corps Vanuatu
PMB 9097
Port Vila
SHEFA 9097
Tel: +678 7761370; +61 434081645
Fax: +678 26162


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