Our Project Partners:

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The Waitt Institute endeavors to ensure ecologically, economically, and culturally sustainable use of ocean resources. The Institute partners with governments committed to developing and implementing comprehensive, science-based, community-driven solutions for sustainable ocean management. Our goal is to benefit coastal communities while restoring fish populations and habitats. Our approach is to engage stakeholders, provide the tools needed to design locally appropriate policies, facilitate the policymaking process, and build capacity for effective implementation and long-term success.

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Given the rapid decline of marine resources, the mission of the Waitt Foundation is to protect and restore ocean health. The Foundation funds initiatives globally with a focus on marine protected areas and sustainable fishing policy and practice. We provide grants, technical assistance, strategic advice, and support innovative ocean science. For maximum impact, we partner with unique coalitions of governments, funders, NGOs, academics, and businesses


VEPA works closely alongside the Government of Tonga – in particular MEIDECCMinistry of Fisheries and MAFF. All work conducted aligns to national targets and management plans, and follows the laws and regulations of the Kingdom of Tonga.


The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme is based in Samoa and supports and implements a wide range of environmental programmes throughout the Pacific Islands on biodiversity and conservation, climate change, waste management and pollution, and environmental monitoring and governance. SPREP partners with Government agencies and NGOs to support and implement national programs and conservation targets.

Our Local Sponsors:

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The islands and communities of Vava’u rely on tourism as a primary source of income, whether through whale watching, sport fishing, visiting yachts, accommodations and restaurants or scuba diving and snorkelling. For many of these tourism activities, a healthy and pristine natural environment is essential.

The businesses above support eco-tourism development through sustainable practices and offer support to VEPA by donations. By choosing one of these businesses your tourism dollars benefit community based environmental programs.

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