The Vanuatu Protected Areas Initiative (VPAI) is a non-profit
organisation established in 1994 to help meet the growing needs
of rural conservation initiatives in Vanuatu.
works in partnership with the village-based Loru Protected Area
Committee (LoPAC) and has been particularly active in helping
to establish the Loru Rainforest
Protected Area and Loru
Environment Centre. It also works closely with the Vanuatu
government and local, regional and international NGOs.
organisation is run entirely by volunteers who give their time
to help individuals and communities who are committed to addressing
their own environmental concerns. It mainly plays a facilitative
role, assisting in the process of exploring and developing locally
appropriate environmental solutions through workshops, field visits
and environmental theatre.
does not impose projects from outside and will only provide support
that is genuinely needed and not available through other channels.
It is also involved in on-going scientific studies that are undertaken
specifically to aid conservation work.
operates on very small amounts of funding which it seeks from
a variety of difference sources. These include private donors,
fundraising activities, development agencies and trust funds.