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Anelcauhat Waste Management YES Project, Vanuatu
'Youth Environmental Services ' (YES)

Who's involved:
Project leader: Ben Makoya

Main partner: Anelcauhat Youth Group

Other organisations:
- Firiamu Youth, Epeteneto Youth
- SDA Youth
- Blue Water Youth & Catholique Youth

- Foundation for the Peoples of the South Pacific Vanuatu (FSPV)
- Vanuatu Fisheries Department
- Wan Smolbag Theatre
- Environment Unit
- Aneityum Tourism Committee
- Anelcauhat Council of Chiefs
- Aneityum Forest Timber,
- Neighbour Association (Anelcauhat Women Group)

September 2006 - June 2007

- Life and love in islands
- My island home

Anelcauhat Youth is a youth group in Anelcauhat Village, Aneityum (Anatom) Island. It is the southernmost inhabited island in the Vanuatu archipelago. We currently have 84 members (male & female). The youth group has been around for more than 7 years and has involved actively in youth developments in the community as well as other community developments.

However, Anelcauhat Youth has never been involved in any environment projects in the past years and the youths are now very keen to involve in environmental services as a result of the awareness and information gathered from the 'Participatory Learning and Action' (PLA) workshop conducted in the community between 25-31 May 2006 by Foundation for the Peoples of the South Pacific Vanuatu (FSPV), Fisheries Department and Wan Smolbag Theatre.

The marine environment is a vital source of livelihood in Anelcauhat. Participants in the PLA workshop conducted between 25th May-31st May 2006 by FSPV, Fisheries Department and Wan Smolbag has identified the poor waste management in Anelcauhat as a threat to our marine environment as people continue to use the sea as their dumping site. Therefore this project will focus on the control of waste in the village through best practice upon the expert advise of the Environment Unit and other relevant authorities in Vanuatu.

The long term objective of the Anelcauhat YES (Youth Environmental Services) Project is to stimulate wise waste management in Anelcauhat and hope nearby communities can learn from the project.

- Organize youth groups and other groups in Anelcauhat to get involved in environmental services such as coastal clean up campaigns;

- Facilitate the youth group and the community to dig rubbish pits for communities to use for dumping as a way of encouraging wise waste management

- Collaborate with the relevant government authorities, including the Environmental Unit to implement the following activities:

- Engage residents of Anelcauhat in raising awareness of improper waste management practices and the need for a rubbish pit. Specific activities to include: a minimum of 2 village meetings; posters to be made and displayed around the village; house to house visits;

- Plan, organize and hold a three day workshop with all stakeholders to identify key rubbish management problem and identify solutions with expertise from the Environment Unit and FSPV (Foundation of the Peoples of the South Pacific Vanuatu) taking into account best areas for the pits and how to use it, recycling and how to dispose non-biodegradable objects;

- Dig rubbish pit with the assistance of local experts and authorities;

- Monitor the use of rubbish pit; identify challenges and success as relates to the community's use of the facility;

- Conduct a one-day workshop with all stakeholders to address the challenges identified during the monitoring process and investigate and report on ways of increasing the use of the rubbish pit in the future;

- Publicise all the activities through local radio, television and newspapers;

- Evaluate the effectiveness of the project with photographs before and two months after the activities and conduct surveys of a minimum of 50 residents before the activities and after to determine their awareness of proper waste management techniques; analyse and report on the results;

Progress Reports:
4 February 2008
On the 16th of November a workshop was organized by the Anelcauhat
Youth Group, the community and facilitated by a resource person from
FSP Vanuatu. The objectives of the workshop was as follows:

  • To identify causes of the community problem for improper actions on Rubbish Disposal;
  • To identify Youth Groups and Stakeholders to address the
  • To develop a waste management action plan for the Youth Groups to address the Problem;
  • To develop the mentality of youths in participating in Health related issues( positive social activity) using the YES project.

Around one hundred members of Anelcauhat community were present during the workshop. Both genders were well represented. The outcomes of the workshop are as follows:

  • The waste management action plan was launched and signed
    by the council of chiefs and witnessed by NGOs, government
    officials as well as community members.
  • National Prosecution Office also had an opportunity to carry out
    a short awareness talk during the workshop on three topics
    related to increase outside visitors to Annelcauhat Village. That is, child pornography, scam and pollution.
    - Ben

Regarding the turtle that is used on the photo (above-right) when signing the agreement, Tevi Maltali explains, "The waste management plan is part of a bigger resource adaptive management plan of the community that was launched together at that time. The turtle has strong cultural significance to this community and it was let go after the signing based on the cultural presumption that it will travel out to let the world know about their resource management initiatives."

Full progress report [PDF 203Kb]

8 October 2007
"We first held a meeting with the youths on the island to discuss the project and explained about the importance of having this opportunity. 3 weeks ago, they launched the project. The youths went house to house to explain the objectives of the project and the importance of keeping the island clean.

In early November, Tevi Maltali along with The Foundation for the Peoples of the South Pacific Vanuatu (FSVP) will come to the island of Aneityum to organize a 3-day workshop on waste management. After the workshop they will then have the knowledge and along with the community, to begin digging the rubbish pits." - Ben

Project Proposal






Signing of Annelcauhat waste management plan.
19th November 2007

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Aneityum (Anatom) Island is the southernmost inhabited island in the Vanuatu archipelago (Source: CIA World factbook)

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This page last updated: 25 November 2008