The Loru Environment Centre is run by the village-based Loru
Protected Area Committee (LoPAC) and is helping rural people
in Vanuatu to address their environmental
concerns at the grass-root level.
started the Centre in response to the numerous requests for
advice that they received after setting up the adjacent Loru
Rainforest Protected Area with the support of VPAI. This award
winning rainforest reserve is now used by the Centre as
a model of what can be achieved by local people to protect rainforest
of local and international significance.
in the style of a traditional meetinghouse or "nakamal",
the Centre provides an ideal setting in which to explore and
develop local solutions to environmental challenges, with a
strong emphasis on traditional environmental management. Regular
workshops at the Centre cover a range of topics relating to
the conservation of wildlife and habitats. There is also a small
environmental library and colourful display boards to help visitors
understand the issues. Chiefs, landowners, college students,
school children, women's organisations and tourists are just
some of the regular visitors welcomed at the Centre.
project is currently focusing on rainforest conservation and
tree planting to counter problems caused by rapid forest clearance
by logging companies and agriculturalists. All visitors to the
centre are encouraged to think about the needs of future generations
and to mark their visit by planting a tree.