Environmentalist on mission to preserve island nation Vanuatu

Leimalu Tapesi, the first woman anointed chairperson of a village tribal council, plans to crack down on illegal logging.

    The Pacific island nation of Vanuatu has a long history of community matters being settled by tribal village chiefs - usually men.

    But for the first time, a woman, Leimalu Tapesi, has been anointed the chairperson of a village tribal council on the island of Moso.

    As part of her plans to transform village life, Tapesi is applying a strict environmentalist agenda which includes a marine park and cracking down on illegal logging.


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