Malekula Vegetation and Land Cover Map

Malekula Island is the second largest island in Vanuatu. Thickets dominated the forest types on Malekula, extending from North to South followed by low forests and the mid-height forests, both exist adjacent to each other on the central part of the island. While the lower laying areas are cultivated with annual crops, coconut and cocoa plantations, cattle grazing and settlements.
Sustainable yield of 6,500 m3 /yr. Can support only one medium sized logging operation to 5,000 m3 /yr plus small sawmills cutting scattered timber patches to 1,500 m3 /yr.

Malekula has an economy based on export of Cocoa and copra. The Lambubu Cocoa Project by the Government has over 400 hectares of cocoa plantation drives the cocoa commodity export for Vanuatu. The island has diverse culture and custom practices being the second largest island of the Vanuatu archipelago. Malekula is the hub for the Malampa Provincial Government Administration and is headquartered in Lakatoro. The largest plantation in Vanuatu, the Plantation Reunie de Vanuatu (PRV) is located in Malekula. Both the Lambubu Cocoa Farm and the PRV has seen vast clearance of forest for their establishment over a period of time. Malekula still remains apart from Santo, a major producer of export commodity, copra.

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