Nguna-Pele marine protected area (MPA) Network is a local, indigenous NGO made up of 16 communities on two islands. The network is dedicated to the sustainable use and long-term existence of marine and terrestrial resources. It is the first of its kind in Vanuatu and currently serves as a model for other island-initiated conservation efforts nationally and throughout the South Pacific. Nguna and Pele's managed reefs, sea grass beds, mangrove forests and intertidal lagoons now exceed 3,000 hectares. The network relies financially on donations from visitors.
In 2009, the Vanuatu Village Based Resource Managed Areas Network (VBRMA) was established, funded by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). VBRMA seeks to emulate the success of the Nguna-Pele Network by bringing diverse Vanuatu stakeholders together to share information, knowledge and lessons learned throughout Vanuatu.
There is a wealth of information embedded within the Nguna Pele website including details of their activities (monitoring and evaluation, coral mariculture, sea turtle tagging, awareness etc). There are also excellent videos of their project activities, helpful links and an extensive publications list of relevant regional resources.