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:

  • Vanuatu’s forests are sustainably developed and managed.
  • Deforested areas are rehabilitated and reforested
  • Stakeholders and communities actively participate in sustainable forest management and utilization.
  • The forestry sector contributes increasingly and equitably to the welfare and livelihoods of landowners, farmers, industry and communities.
  • Forests with high biological, cultural, spiritual, and historical values are conserved and protected.
  • The forestry sector proactively incorporates climate change adaptation and mitigation challenges and opportunities.
  • The forestry sector embraces climate change mitigation and GHG emission reduction through reducing deforestation and degradation, and increasing afforestation and reforestation.
  • Forest industries are modernized and utilize appropriate technologies.
  • Forests are managed in an integrated manner to provide economic, social and environmental services.
  • Forest products and services are marketable and tradable.
  • Prices for forest products and services are nationally and internationally competitive.
  • Forest production is sufficient for local consumption and export of surplus.
  • Forest industries are increasingly Ni – Vanuatu owned and operated
  • The forestry sector is efficient, well organized and resourced (both financial and human).
  • The forestry sector is a primary source of income generation.
  • The forestry sector is well governed and guided by effective legislation and strong compliance.
  • The forestry sector is well coordinated and collaborates with other sectors
  • Forestry stakeholders are competent and qualified.
  • The public is well-informed and educated on all forestry issues.
  • The forestry sector is well guided by collaborative research and abides by internationally recognized standards.