Epi Island, 100 kilometres north of Vanuatu's capital Port Vila, is home to over 7000 Ni-Vanuatu: farmers and fishermen, tourist operators, airfield staff, and 100 high school students from the island’s hinterland. Epi Island is currently connected by approximately 66km of roading that runs mostly along the island’s coastline. The roads are rutted and potholed, and cover difficult terrain, and the landing strip at the airport has been seriously eroded.
The convergence of inaccessibility on the airports, roads, villages and hospital of Epi Island is putting the local population at risk in the case of medical emergency. Furthermore, Epi's two airports are an important resource for medical evacuations, not just for the residents of Epi, but also for nearby islands in the wider province of Shefa - dependent on the referral hospital.
Poor roading conditions also negatively impact agricultural production on the island. Operations such as peanut farming and the production of copra to supply a newly built bio-diesel mill are dependent on serviceable roads - something that the community cannot depend on in the rainy season. Moreover, precipitation has increased and the rainy season has extended into the dry season over the last twenty years. In response to this climate-related transport pressure, the PACC Vanuatu project has selected Epi as an opportunity to reduce vulnerability and increase resilience to climate change.
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Financing AmountNational Budget Allocation: GEF-SCCF: $750,000
Cofinancing TotalGovernment of Vanuatu: $2,900,000
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Local communities on Epi Island, Shefa Province.