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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 
Four of Vanuatu's six provinces - Malampa, Penama, Shefa and Tafea - went to the polls to vote for their provincial councils on Thursday. The Daily Post reports that votes were still being tallied, but overall voter turnout was low at polling stations ... See more..
Radio New Zealand 
A yam farmer in Vanuatu has convinced his two adult sons to stay home and plant yams, telling them they would earn the same amount of money as they would if they went to New Zealand as seasonal workers. Several thousand ni-Vanuatu go to New ... See more..
UNCTAD 
​Stakeholders from the coconut, cocoa and sandalwood sectors participated in a National Stakeholder Workshop sponsored by Vanuatu's Department of Industry and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) to assess progress ... See more..
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Radio New Zealand 
He wants them returned to Vanuatu without delay. The commissioner said the five men were now illegal immigrants as the Australian Government had cancelled their visas. He said there were suspicions the men were now with another contractor in Victoria ... See more..
Radio New Zealand 
Kava growers in Vanuatu are struggling to meet increasing demands for the noble kava variety in the United States. The noble variety has a relaxing effect without causing a hangover and is more desirable overseas than some other varieties. John Fordham ... See more..
Radio New Zealand 
The survey, undertaken by the New Zealand Tourism Research Institute at Auckland University, measures travel patterns, behaviours, and spending by Vanuatu's international visitors arriving by air. The survey has been done with the help of the World ... See more..
Stuff.co.nz 
Google Street View enlisted the services of New Zealand staff member Matt Davison to take users on a toe-tingling journey inside an active Vanuatu volcano, home to one of the largest boiling lava lakes in the world. Marum is an active volcanic cone on ... See more..
ABC Online 
When Cyclone Pam lashed Vanuatu two years ago, aid to the island nation came in all shapes and sizes: food, tents, clothes, and cash. But Caroline Mason saw the need for quilts. "I started seeing it on television and the news, people lying on the ... See more..
Radio New Zealand 
Vanuatu's government is developing a plan to deal with new pests or diseases that threaten the country's environment, crops or animals. A week long workshop underway and being attended by senior government departments officers will produce the ... See more..
Radio New Zealand 
Vanuatu's Commissioner of Labour has appealed to the families of five seasonal workers who have run away from the farm they were working on in Australia. Four of the workers left in February, and another this week. Their visas have since been cancelled. 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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Finances

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