Forest Policy

A new direction for Forestry in Vanuatu in the 21st Century

The National Forest Policy sets clear policy directives for the management of Vanuatu’s forests and forest resources for the next 10 years (2013 – 2023). This policy presents clear policy directives that are supported by implementation strategies as well as prioritizing implementation of each policy strategy. The policy recognizes the use and sustainable management of forests as a national responsibility, therefore includes the list of forestry strategies and stakeholders responsible for implementing each strategy. Strategies on climate change adaptation and mitigation were included in the policy.


Trees and forests of Vanuatu are equitably, sustainably and profitably managed and conserved, contributing to development for the ongoing well-being of all people in Vanuatu in the context of global change.


The nation’s forest resources are managed in an integrated and sustainable manner and provide wood and non-wood forest products as well as environmental and social services to contribute profitably to income generation, employment opportunities, and social well-being for all people in Vanuatu, and thus to sustainable economic growth


The National Forest Policy has eight Policy Directives and a series of Policy Objectives for each policy directive; and a number of Policy Strategies for each objective. The following are the policy directives and the objectives for each directive:

A. Sustainable Forest Management

  • Vanuatu’s forests are sustainably developed and managed.
  • Deforested areas are rehabilitated and reforested