Vetiver: a magical plant
Vetiver essential oil is widely used in perfumery. It smells like a warm, earthy herb with a smoky/woody aspect. This oil (the Bourbon type) mainly comes from the crops of the islands of Java, Haiti and La Réunion. Vetiver oil is not just used to produce perfumes, quite the contrary!
It is an extremely important plant, found in more than 100 tropical and subtropical countries where it is used in agriculture, land and water protection, crafts, and has cultural significance. That’s was makes this plant so magical…
Highly resistant to diseases and tolerant of many extreme environmental conditions, it can be grown locally at relatively low cost ; making it accessible to the poorest communities.The varieties selected over centuries for essential oil production are sterile and do not produce fertile seeds, so it is noninvasive and can easily be controlled by cultivation.
Its massive, deep root system protects and improves the soil in which they grow. They hold the soil in place and help rainfall to enter the soil, increasing moisture : this is why Vetiver is an ideal plant for the protection of soils (as well as roads and dams) against erosion and for the creation of natural barriers.
Vetiver plants also clean up soil and water that is contaminated by heavy metals, nitrates, phosphates, farm chemicals and many other kinds of pollutants and so it is used in many places as a low cost alternative to remove pollutants from soil and water so that local populations can enjoy a cleaner healthier environment.
Vetiver leaves, which can become up to 2 meters long are also uses many places as thatch for roofing, food for livestock, and mulch to protect soils from the hard rains, drying sun and improve the soil.Along with the roots, they are also used for crafts to make hats, bags, mats and other woven crafts.
Finally, vetiver is also used in the medical field for its anti-inflammatory properties, to promote blood flow, as a sedative, to stimulate the immune system and more!
TVNI: The Vetiver Network International
An international NGO founded about 25 years ago, The Vetiver Network International’s all-volunteer network reaches people throughout the tropics and subtropics. It brings together people from governments, research institutes, international development agencies, NGOs, private sector and communities.
Its purpose is to promote the worldwide use of the “Vetiver System” for environmental sustainability in agriculture, disaster mitigation, prevention and treatment of contaminated land and water, slope and infrastructure protection, and others that allow local peoples and communities to manage and protect their environment, natural resources and livelihoods.
The Vetiver System, very importantly, offers to communities a simple tool that they can manage themselves to build their resilience and capacity in the face of extreme weather events and ongoing climate change. The impacts of heavy rains, mudslides, monsoons and storm surges can be mitigated thanks to vetiver.Rainfed agriculture, which is so vulnerable to drought and unpredictable rainfall can be sustained and productive thanks to Vetiver hedgerows holding moisture and nutrients on the farmers’ fields.
TVNI freely provides information and networking services to all who are interested in the benefits of the Vetiver, allowing individuals and communities to create their own Vetiver Systems to meet their own, specific needs.
Fleur de Point & TVNI
Why support The Vetiver Network International?
By creating the Fleur de Point brand, I wanted to do more than just promote the concept and perfume. I wanted my Fleur de Point perfumes to have meaning.
Naturally, I thought about supporting a charity. Right, but which one? There are so many charities that deserve to get donations for their cause. That’s when I realized I had to support a charity that could be connected to the world of perfumery, so I became interested in the use of vetiver apart from perfume. I discovered vetiver in its natural state, an amazing plant bringing solutions to many problems. When I saw what can be done with this plant, which I love especially for its smell, I knew it was a chance for me to help as well as to somehow thank the producers of vetiver, who give us this amazing essential oil that my nose likes so much.
Supporting means acting
For every bottle purchased, we donate 1€ to The Vetiver Network International.
What is this money for? Your donation will go to fund training for local peoples, so that they can become self-sufficient in the use of the Vetiver System. Specifically, they will help support the work of Robinson Vanoh – TVNI’s Associate Director for the South Pacific Islands – in Fiji and the Solomon Islands to empower communities and local institutions to be proactive and self-reliant in building their communities’ resilience through the use of Vetiver Grass to protect their watersheds and strengthen their abilities to meet needs and challenges from climate change and population growth through community voluntary actions using low cost biotechnologies based on Vetiver grass.
Everyone is also free to act on their own and to learn more about the Vetiver System, and you can do this (yes, you can help too!) thanks to the following websites:
Of course, there is also a TVNI Facebook group where you can learn more: https://www.facebook.com/groups/vetivernetwork/
Let's talk with Robinson Vanoh about TVNI South Pacific Mission
Is to facilitate participatory and meaningful engagement with affected communities and local institutions to empower them to become proactive, self-reliant, resilient citizens in building community resilience through the use of Vetiver Grass Technology.
Is to provide technical expertise and support rural and urban communities associated with watersheds to develop programs that will strengthen their ability to meet some of their needs and challenges due to climate change and population growth through sustainable community voluntary actions using low cost biotechnologies based on the unique plant, Vetiver grass, and its applications under the Vetiver System (VS).
The Small Island Developing Nations in the South Pacific are facing a possible catastrophic future due to a perfect storm of climate change induced extreme weather events, an expanding, poor and marginalized population, and inadequate social and basic needs services from a limited funded and poor government administration resulting amongst others serious food security and health problems, compounded by degenerating natural resources soils, forest and inland and coastal water. One part of the solution is the introduction of low cost and relatively simple technologies that can help build resilient “do it yourself” communities both in rural and urban areas. One such technology is the use of Vetiver System Technology – Proven and Environmental Green Solutions.
Progress of the mission
With initial funding support from TVNI, for providing technical assistance to these Island Nations. TVNI Associate Director South Pacific (Mr. Robinson Vanoh), as part of a three (3) years technical mission trip took initial trips to the Solomon Islands and the Fiji Islands to identify a pathway for a rapid expansion in the promotion and adaption of Vetiver System to benefit initially communities in both Solomon Islands and Fiji.
TVNI has identified a local actor in the Solomon Islands, Pacific Engage to implement the Solomon Islands initiative.
With ongoing awareness and dissemination of information on VST in the Solomon Islands, potential users from the Government sector and municipal authorities have been identified and are keen to trial out the system. Projects will be implemented as and when funding is made available. Pacific Engage are willing to initiate small community based pilot projects at own cost, however with limitations to some extent.
Unlike in Fiji, they are proactive in dealing with their problems and have come onboard to implement pilot projects countrywide through the Ministry of Waterways. There are growing interests from other institutions in the VST and are likely to follow suit through their respective programs. Fiji was never thought of in the short term, however it is likely “Jewel in the Crown” stabilizing all the river banks as quoted by Sir Richard Grimshaw.
Tuvalu Coastal Adaptation Project (R2R) funded by UNDP, also came on board and are now ready to roll out the implementation in October 2018. A mini nursery for the start-up was established in April with plant materials imported from Fiji. I will take a trip in October to supervise the actual roll out of the implementation and conduct further trainings to the community and students. The Tuvalu Islands known as the sinking Islands are very receptive of the VST, the Island communities are all looking forward for the anticipated impacts of their newly introduced environmental savior – the Vetiver Grass.
Our South Pacific Mission to provide technical expertise in VST is being receptive as evident from the growing interest from institutions in Solomon Islands, Fiji and the Tuvalu Atolls. Other Island Nations that have also shown interest include Tonga, Kiribati and Vanuatu.
As part of our mission initiative, we are working on a project proposal for possible funding to fund Soil Erosion and Water Quality Mitigation in Solomon Islands, which will be a pilot project in Honiara and Gizo in addressing the problems by building community resilience.
Climate Change is real, some of our smaller Island Nations are sinking and are on the verge of completely vanishing under the rising sea level. Your considerate heart will save a thousand mankind. Help us save our SOUTH PACIFIC ISLANDS.