Settlements receive sanitation upgrade from Port Vila Urban Development Project

One of Port Vila's many informal settlements – a symptom of lack of urban planning at all levels of government. Photo: IOM

The Port Vila Urban Development Project (PVUDP) is improving the hygiene and sanitation of urban settlements. Settlements include the Seaside communities — Futuna, Paama and Tongoa, Tokyo Buninga plus peri-urban Ohlen Nabanga, Mele Waisisi and Blacksands Tongariki. The Vanuatu and Australian governments, the ADB are assisting, as are the people of the areas concerned who have done a lot to remove unwanted refuse and materials. Thirty-three junk collection trips have been made to the Bouffa waste site.

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Work remains for regional kava standards

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Opposition joins Govt against terrorism; Business call for VAT exemption following airport failure

Arms smuggling enabled by Vanuatu's tax haven: Thai security personnel surround the cargo plane loaded with smuggled weapons at Bangkok airport on December 12, 2009. Photo: ICIJ

Arms smuggling enabled by Vanuatu’s tax haven: Thai security personnel surround a cargo plane carrying smuggled weapons at Bangkok airport, December 12, 2009. Photo: ICIJ

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A world first – this Vanuatu public toilet has its own website!

The best public toilet in the South Pacific – Paunangisu, Vanuatu
How many public toilets can claim that they have their very own, dedicated website? Only this one, located in Paunangisu, North Efate!  Read the rest of this entry »