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Vanuatu is prone to frequent natural disasters such as cyclones, which destroy roads and infrastructure and pollute water supplies.1 Soil erosion, loss of biodiversity, and inadequate waste disposal are all contributing to environmental degradation and decreased agricultural and economic productivity on the islands.2 A large percentage of Vanuatu's population depends on the agricultural sector for a living, and the increasing effects of climate change will hinder agricultural productivity.3

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1http://www.oxfam.org.nz/what-we-do/where-we-work/vanuatu/safe-water-and-sanitation
2 http://www.australianvolunteers.com/where-we-work/vanuatu.aspx
3 Ibid
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Vanuatu News

Radio New Zealand 
Ten more former Vanuatu MPs jailed for bribery are to be released on parole tomorrow but will soon be back on trial. The Public Prosecutor has filed for a retrial of conspiracy charges against the ten and one other former MP still in prison, with pleas ... See more..
Radio New Zealand 
Organisers remain hopeful of holding a test event at the main Korman site before the start of the Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu. The Games get underway in Port Vila on December 4 and Van2017 CEO Clint Flood said the majority of sporting venues will be ... See more..
ReliefWeb 
Mr. Andrew Parker, Chief of the UNICEF Vanuatu Field Office, said, “As part of UNICEF long-term support to the Ministry of Health, UNICEF continues to ensure children under 12 months have access to vital vaccines through procurement of vaccines and ... See more..
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Radio New Zealand 
The MPs, most of whom are still serving jail time for bribery, were cleared of their convictions for conspiracy earlier this month. The conspiracy convictions stem from an incident in October 2015, when the former speaker of parliament used his acting ... See more..
Radio New Zealand 
The chair of Vanuatu Women Against Crime and Corruption, Jenny Ligo, says she personally feels justice has been served. "Vanuatu has seen justice done. The 14 MPs have served their time, they have learned their lessons, they have gone through a lot of ... See more..
Saipan Tribune 
Eighty-five students of the Australia-Pacific Technical College in Vanuatu were awarded qualifications in nine key sector industries during APTC's graduation ceremony last April 15. The students graduated in the following programs: Carpentry, Early ... See more..
Radio New Zealand 
The chair of Vanuatu Women Against Crime and Corruption, Jenny Ligo, said while some might disagree with them being released early she feels justice has been served. "Vanuatu has seen justice done. The 14 MPs have served their time, they have ... See more..
BlueNotes 
It is, unfortunately, an apt metaphor for where Vanuatu sits at the moment: a truly spectacular Pacific nation with wonderful people just three hours off the population centres of Australia and New Zealand – but where opportunity is frustrated by a ... See more..
The Sydney Morning Herald 
"Why don't you wipe your bum and eat it?" a boy yells at my nine-year-old daughter on our first afternoon in Vanuatu. She's taken aback. It's a difficult insult to answer. What should one reply? "Thank you! I will!" The boy is shouting in Bislama, the ... See more..
Radio New Zealand 
Two senior Vanuatu politicians walked free from prison this morning, having served half of their sentences for corruption. The former Prime Minister, Serge Vohor, and a former MP for Efate, Steven Kalsakau, were the first of 14 MPs who were jailed in ... See more..
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Geography

Oceania, group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, about three-quarters of the way from Hawaii to Australia
Area

Total 12,189 sq km
Land 12,189 sq km
Water 0 sq km

***NOTE*** includes more than 80 islands, about 65 of which are inhabited
Climate

tropical; moderated by southeast trade winds from May to October; moderate rainfall from November to April; may be affected by cyclones from December to April
Natural Resources

manganese, hardwood forests, fish ;
Natural Hazards

tropical cyclones or typhoons (January to April); volcanic eruption on Aoba (Ambae) island began on 27 November 2005, volcanism also causes minor earthquakes; tsunamis

volcanism: significant volcanic activity with multiple eruptions in recent years; Yasur (elev. 361 m), one of the world's most active volcanoes, has experienced continuous activity in recent centuries; other historically active volcanoes include, Aoba, Ambrym, Epi, Gaua, Kuwae, Lopevi, Suretamatai, and Traitor's Head significant volcanic activity with multiple eruptions in recent years; Yasur (elev. 361 m), one of the world's most active volcanoes, has experienced continuous activity in recent centuries; other historically active volcanoes include, Aoba, Ambrym, Epi, Gaua, Kuwae, Lopevi, Suretamatai, and Traitor's Head
Current Environmental Issues

most of the population does not have access to a reliable supply of potable water; deforestation

Demographics

Nationality
Ni-Vanuatu
Population
261,565 (July 2013 est.)
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This South Pacific island economy is based primarily on small-scale agriculture, which provides a living for about two-thirds of the population. Fishing, offshore financial services, and tourism, with nearly 197,000 visitors in 2008, are other mainstays of the economy. Mineral deposits are negligible; the country has no known petroleum deposits. A small light industry sector caters to the local market. Tax revenues come mainly from import duties. Economic development is hindered by dependence on relatively few commodity exports, vulnerability to natural disasters, and long distances from main markets and between constituent islands. In response to foreign concerns, the government has ...See More promised to tighten regulation of its offshore financial center. In mid-2002, the government stepped up efforts to boost tourism through improved air connections, resort development, and cruise ship facilities. Agriculture, especially livestock farming, is a second target for growth. Australia and New Zealand are the main suppliers of tourists and foreign aid. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$1.251 billion (2012 est.); $1.219 billion (2011 est.); $1.201 billion (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

copra, coconuts, cocoa, coffee, taro, yams, fruits, vegetables; beef; fish
Industries

food and fish freezing, wood processing, meat canning