Welcome: Malo e lelei

  Our Mission Vava’u Environmental Protection Association (VEPA) is a registered non-profit organisation dedicated to the conservation of Vava’u’s natural beauty through educational awareness, sustainable development and collaboration. Taumu’a Ngaue Ko e Malu’i pe Tauhi ko ia ‘o e ‘Atakai…

Current Projects

VEPA designs and co-ordinates its projects to ensure ownership by the communities of their environment and ecosystems. We engage all social groups within communities in Vava’u through media and education, hands on projects, as well as collaboration with National Government…

Support Our Programs

All of the projects we run at VEPA are designed with community involvement from the start through to the completion and ongoing monitoring. Donations to VEPA are spent directly and wholly on conservation and awareness based programs. Please contact us on…

Latest News

Field Blog: Partnerships for community fisheries

Blog by Sesimani Loni, SMA Project Manager, Vava’u Ocean Initiative Fisheries is one vital part of food security for all human being and here in Tonga most people rely on fisheries for daily consumptions and income however due to depletion…

Youth Field Report: Monitoring Red List Ecosystems with Department of Environment and Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources.

The first in a series of reports from the youth team, as they learn and explore working in the field and office. Grateful as always to the assistance of Lisa Fanua, Susana Ika and Sesimani Loni for their efforts to…

Field Notes: Hot sands and endangered species

Beaches are an ecological wonder, home to a wide variety of species that live within the beach or migrate to the beach as part of their lifecycle, yet beaches are facing increasing changes and environmental impacts from human uses, erosion,…

News from the field:

Here it is the launch of our new series “News from the field” which highlights our findings from surveys and projects. More detailed information will be posted to our latest news.  Let’s make 2019 one of shared experiences and knowledge….

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Reducing the Plastic Footprint in Vava’u Communities

INTRODUCTION The Vava’u Environmental Protection Association (VEPA) is a NGO based in Neiafu, Vava’u dedicated to the conservation of biodiversity, increasing community knowledge of environmental issues and securing sustainable livelihoods for future generations. VEPA operates a range of terrestrial and…

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Beyond the Reef: Ngaahi ‘elia ‘o e ‘Oseni

Ngaahi ‘elia ‘o e ‘Oseni ‘I he’etau hiki atu mei he ngaahi matafanga pea mo e ngaahi nofo’anga hakau feo ‘I he tahi mamaha, tongo pea mo e ngaahi ‘elia matatahi, ‘oku liliu ‘e ‘oseni hono fotunga ha mai (maama(…

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