Enhancing knowledge of socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes in Vava’u, Kingdom of Tonga



  • Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP); International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)


  • 22/12/2015

  • REGION :

  • Polynesia


  • Kingdom of Tonga (Vava’u Archipelago)


  • The Vava’u archipelago in the Kingdom of Tonga was identified as a priority area by the Tongan Government for implementation of a Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded biodiversity conservation project executed by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme. The Integrated Islands Biodiversity Project (IIBP) includes the Cook Islands, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu and is assisting these Pacific island countries to implement their commitments under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Island Biodiversity Program of Work. This paper focuses on the project work undertaken in Vava’u to establish the ecological and socio-economic knowledge base essential for determining the best options for long term conservation, management and development of this important area. The paper reviews the methods and findings of a rapid biodiversity assessment and a subsequent socio-economic assessment undertaken in 2014, and provides suggestions for ways to increase our understanding of socioecological production landscapes and seascapes. The surveys have greatly enhanced the knowledge base for sustainably managing the land and seascape of the Vava’u archipelago, confirming the value and linkages between natural ecosystems and the livelihoods and economic development of local people and the country as a whole.


  • Vava'u, Tonga, biodiversity, socio-economic assessments, BIORAP


  • Stuart Chape, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP); James Atherton, Environment Consultant, Apia, Samoa; Jacob Salcone, International Union for Conservation of Nature, Suva, Fiji; Amanda Wheatley, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)

  • LINK:

  • http://www.sprep.org/publications/rapid-biodiversity-assessment-biorap-of-the-vavau-archipelago-kingdom-of-tonga

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