Vanuatu is a Pacific Island nation located approximately 2,000 Km east of Northern Australia. Made up of around a dozen major islands, and many more smaller ones, the Vanuatu archipelago holds active volcanoes, lush tropical rainforests, and striking coral reefs.
The population of Vanuatu, though numbering little more than 300,000, is culturally diverse. Vanuatu boasts the highest number of languages per capita of any nation in the world, though many of the 100+ distinct local languages possess fewer than 1,000 speakers.
Traditional life in Vanuatu is based around the village, with a majority of Ni-Vanuatu people still making their livelihoods by managing semi-wild forest gardens. These forest gardens are home to a wide variety of wild and domestic plant species that are unique to this region of the world, including Nangai and Tamanu trees.