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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 In 2015, the country was devastated by Cyclone Pam, which destroyed thousands of structures and killed a dozen people.4

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1 http://www.oxfam.org.nz/what-we-do/where-we-work/vanuatu/safe-water-and-sanitation
2 http://www.sprep.org/Vanuatu/vanuatu
3 https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/nh.html
4 http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-16426193
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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