Pro-Natura International

Project support
For a scientific expedition project to document the fauna and flora, both marine and non-marine, of a large rugged island in the South Pacific, Espiritu Santo in the Republic of Vanuatu.

The biodiversity survey documented all the major environments (offshore deep-sea, reefs, caves, freshwater bodies, mountains, and forest canopies). Over 120 researchers, including marine biologists, entomologists, botanists, and ethno-biologists, and 30 technicians from several countries were involved in the fieldwork.

The researchers are particularly interested in capacity building, repatriation of information for sustainable development, environmental education, and coordinating with ongoing research and conservation programs involving Vanuatu at regional and multilateral levels. The project was monitored by three French organizations from Paris: Pro-Natura International, the Institut pour la Recherche et le Développement, and the Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle.
 
To read the progress report (February 2007) please click here. (3.9MB, Source: Pro-Natura International)
 
Information in French and short extracts of the related film The adventurers of the planet isle can be seen under :
http://www.thalassa.france3.fr/santo/