List of the specimens of the Vanuatu National Herbarium (PVNH)

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This dataset contains all the occurences data of this national database. Since the 1970's, Vanuatu managed a national herbarium. All the plants collection made in the country have to be stored in this herbarium. In 2012, the specimens have been registered in a local database, except the fungi and mosses collection.

Data Records

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GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 7c518f3a-4a12-48e5-8b81-589c94cca973.  Department of Forests (DoF) publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme.


Occurrence; Specimen; Herbarium; plantae; vascular plants; occurrence; Vanuatu; New Hebrides


Chanel SAM
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
The department of the Forests
PMB 9064
Philémon ALA
  • Metadata Provider
Curator assistant
The department of the Forests
PMB 9064
Frazer ALO
  • Point Of Contact
The department of the Forests
PMB 9064
Laurence RAMON
  • Point Of Contact
The department of the Forests
PMB 9064
GBIF France
  • Distributor
IT support
GBIF France
43 rue Buffon
75005 Paris

Geographic Coverage


Bounding Coordinates South West [-19.973, 164.883], North East [-12.211, 173.145]

Taxonomic Coverage

Vascular plants

Kingdom Plantae

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 1970-01-01 / 2017-01-01

Project Data

In 1774, during the second voyage of Captain Cook, the first plant specimens of the New Hebrides were collected. Despite numerous expeditions during 250 years, Vanuatu has neither Flora nor taxonomic checklist. Only 70 plant species –out of about 1400 - are already listed by the IUCN. Plants or animals biodiversity data, on protected areas or on invasive species, are scattered and difficult to mobilize. Vanuatu is a country with a small population and has to collaborate with specialists from all around the world to study its biodiversity. Gathering biodiversity data at national level is strongly important: this is the only way to make them available for environmental policies. Currently, national structures wish to organize then to share some biodiversity data. VaBiDa project concerns organization and sharing of mainly three kind of data: specimen data from herbarium, invasive species data, already organized and partially stored in dedicated databases needing improvement, and data on protected areas. This project will also mobilize biodiversity data for IUCN status conservation assessments. Seven partners are engaged together in VaBiDA: 2 governmental agencies (the Department of Environmental Protection and Conservation (DEPC) and the Department of Forestry (DoF)), 3 of their partners already implied on these issues (NYBG from USA, UMR AMAP (IRD, CIRAD) from France and a consultant Laurence Ramon) and 2 new partners (GBIF France and Endemia -New Caledonia). Others local partners involved in biodiversity and conservation – governmental agencies or NGO- will participate to VaBiDa through meetings and trainings, especially for mobilizing new Vanuatu biodiversity data.

Title VaBiDa: Gathering, sharing and mobilizing biodiversity data in Vanuatu
Identifier BID-PA2016-0001-NAC
Funding Funded By European Union GBIF Co Funded By Department of Forests (DoF) – Vanuatu

The personnel involved in the project:

Chanel SAM

Collection Data

Collection Name Vanuatu Nationa Herbarium (PVNH)
Collection Identifier PVNH
Specimen preservation methods Dried and pressed

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers 7c518f3a-4a12-48e5-8b81-589c94cca973