he total economic value of the effects caused by Tropical Cyclone Pam was estimated to be approximately VT 48.6 billion (US$449.4 million). Of this, VT 29.3 billion (US$270.9 million) is attributable to damage, and VT 19.3 billion (US$178.5 million) is attributable to loss. This is equivalent to 64.1% of the gross domestic product (GDP) in Vanuatu, giving an indication of the scale of impact. Because of data limitations, however, it is likely that these figures underestimate the total impact.
*refer to pdf report for more information*
This table provides a summary of the estimated costs for recovery and reconstruction. Total recovery and reconstruction is estimated at VT 34.1 billion (US$316 million). Of this amount VT 10.3 billion (US$95 million) is focused over the short-term (12 months to four years).
*data extracted from the PDNA Cyclone Pam 2015*
Commerce and industry comprises close to 40% of GDP and is therefore a key sector for Vanuatu. Tropical Cyclone Pam damaged the sector’s buildings and inputs for production, and it continued to affect the sector through increased costs of inputs and reduced activity in the economy. It is important to note that the figures reported are likely to be underestimated due to the amount of data available for inclusion within this PDNA, which was prepared in a short time frame.
Between March 12 and 14, 2015, Tropical Cyclone Pam struck Vanuatu as an extremely destructive Category 5 cyclone, with estimated wind speeds of 250km/h and wind gusts that peaked at around 320km/h. This assessment provides estimates to the the damages and losses, and identifies the needs of the affected population.
List of international environmental related agreements and conventions to which Vanuatu is obligated to.
*adopted from the Vanuatu National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan 2018 - 2030, pg 24*
The PacWaste Plus Programme has a specific Key Result Area (KRA) which requires specific action on the collation and review of existing data on waste and pollution at the regional and national level and identify key areas where further data needs to be collected including gender sensitive and rights-based information. Specifically, the project seeks to, i) Undertake waste audits in Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Marshall Islands, Nauru and Vanuatu. This dataset holds waste audit data for Vanuatu, put together by Tonkin &Taylor on behalf of the Secretariat.
Reefs at Risk Revisited is a high-resolution update of the original global analysis, Reefs at Risk: A Map-Based Indicator of Threats to the World’s Coral Reefs. Reefs at Risk Revisited uses a global map of coral reefs at 500-m resolution, which is 64 times more detailed than the 4-km resolution map used in the 1998 analysis, and benefits from improvements in many global data sets used to evaluate threats to reefs (most threat data are at 1 km resolution, which is 16 times more detailed than those used in the 1998 analysis).
Metadata file for the GIS data (raster and shapefiles) for the global threats to coral reefs: acidification, future thermal stress, integrated future threats, and past thermal stress.
Metadata file for the GIS data (raster and shapefiles) for the local threats to coral reefs: coastal development, integrated local, marine pollution, overfishing, and watershed pollution.
Excel file with spreadsheets for each species. Downloaded from TREDS May 2021.
Maps and associated data from the Turtle Research and Monitoring Database System (TREDS). A summary of the database can be found below.
The Turtle Research and Monitoring Database System (TREDS) provides invaluable information for Pacific island countries and territories to manage their turtle resources. TREDS can be used to collate data from strandings, tagging, nesting, emergence and beach surveys as well as other biological data on turtles.
The Strandings of Oceania database is a collaborative project between SPREP, WildMe and the South Pacific Whale Research Consortium to record stranding and beachcast data for whales, dolphins and dugongs throughout the Pacific. We use a platform called Flukebook. An account is needed to view or use data within Flukebook but the data is available for download here. You can submit data direct into Flukebook (preferably while logged in) or send a completed data form to SPREP for upload. Guidance on using the database is available :