Conservation benefit: Creation of a 72-acre marine reserve for 30 years
Community benefit: Purchase of two UV water purification units and pump system
Manihiki is a small atoll in the Northern Cook Islands, approximately 550 miles north of the capital Rarotonga. The extremely low-lying atoll has a population of 400 on the two inhabited islands. As is common with small isolated communities, water is a major concern on Manihiki, where the only source of potable water is rainwater stored in tanks. Due to prolonged periods of storage, this water can become contaminated and pose a health risk.
The people of Manihiki would like assistance in the purchase of two ultraviolet water purifying units and pump systems – one for each village – with spare parts. In exchange for this funding, Manihiki will declare 72 acres of their lagoon as a marine reserve for 30 years.
- June 2010
- As of June 2010 field representative Allan Tuara reports that he has been informed by the project manager on Manihiki that both units are functioning and providing free clean drinking water to...
- November 2009
- Purchase of the units will occur in August and installation should occur in September of 2009. The project is expected to take 3 months to complete. As of September 2009, due to the 2009 Pacific...
- June 2009
- As of February 2009 field representative Allan Tuara began working on setting up community meetings to complete pre-grant documentation and planning phases for the project. Seacology is currently...