President of SANMA Province, Mr. Thomas Vora launched the Malo-Aore pass Marine Spatial Plan (MSP) pilot project site at Nandiutu Secondary School on Tuesday this week.
The Head of Maritime and Oceans Office under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Toney Tevi said the launching of the pilot site will be used to establish a national standard design for all Community Conservation areas (CCAs) in Vanuatu in the future.
“The purpose of this pilot project is to better manage our marine resources for the current and future generation, with effective marine spatial planning,” he stated.
“This pilot site will be bringing together all line government agencies and partners, and will involve in the process of amalgamating the science of the oceans with the traditional knowledge on the ocean and develop the best design for our future MSP design. “
President Vora thanked the Vanuatu Government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for choosing Malo/Aore as their pilot site.
He urged each custom owners and community leaders to work closely together with the government in the current project.
The SANMA Provincial President also extended his gratitude to all invited guests representing different grouping such Chiefs, women, youth, Government departments, Schools and NGOs.
During the occasion, the guests and community also witnessed the unveiling of the pilot site project sign board that was unveiled by President Vora, First Political Advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Anthea Arukole and the Chairman of the Council of Chiefs in Malo.
The launching of the MSP pilot site is part of the implementation of the MSP component of the Vanuatu National Ocean Policy that was launched in 2017, with a vision to conserve and sustain a healthy and wealthy ocean for the people and culture of Vanuatu, today and tomorrow.
This is to help Vanuatu build resilience in its marine ecosystems to climate change and disasters.
Jayven Ham, Coordinator in charge of the Malo/Aore pass MSP pilot site project says the implementation of activities such as marine surveys and coral reef assessment will begin immediately after the Launching.
The ceremony was witnessed by the Department of Climate Change NAB Project Manager, Mr. Brian Philips, other Government agencies including Tourism, Ports and Harbour, Fisheries, Environment, NGOs, Chiefs and Communities around Malo and Aore Island.
The launching was funded by Oceans 5, implemented by Live & Learn Vanuatu, IUCN, and the Oceans office through the Vanuatu Government under the Department of Foreign Affairs.