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Fiji

Dakuniba

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Conservation benefit: Establishment of forest and marine reserves

Community benefit: New community center

Date Approved: 11.2003

Forest

This project protects forest, preventing the release of greenhouse gases and reducing erosion that damages coastal and ocean ecosystems.

Ocean

This project protects ocean ecosystems, making coastal communities more economically and physically secure in the face of climate change.

The 175 residents of isolated Dakuniba Village have no health services, and communication with the outside world is limited to radiotelephone service that is available only two hours per day. The community has agreed to preserve 763 acres of pristine rainforest for 20 years. It will also establish a 24,711-acre marine no-take reserve for  ten years. In exchange, Seacology will provide funding for a much-needed community center.

This project was funded in part by the Stephen Erdmann Memorial Fund.

Project Updates

July 2005

The center was completed in spring 2005. Seacology’s 2005 Fiji expedition visited to celebrate the opening of the community center.

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July 2004

The first lot of building materials was delivered to the site to start the laying of the foundation. Seacology’s 2004 expedition to Fiji visited Dakuniba to help celebrate the laying of the foundation.

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