A spokesperson for the Pacific Community says Vanuatu currently has a mini-census underway which presents a technology milestone for the region.
Phil Bright says Vanuatu is the first country in the Pacific to perform a fully automated census.
Mr Bright is a mapping specialist with the SPC's Statistics for Development Division and assists Pacific countries with data analysis and collection.
He says Vanuatu's next 10-yearly census is due in 2019 but Cyclone Pam has created a need for more up to date information on disaster recovery.
Phil Bright spoke with Dominic Godfrey.