December 1999

Conservation benefit: Protection of a 2,000-acre primary rainforest

Community benefit: Modest road improvements

Nadogo is a small, very remote village on the island of Vanua Levu, Fiji. The Nadogo village clan has ownership of a 1,000-acre primary rainforest. The only practical way for the 60 villagers to leave Nadogo is by a poorly maintained access road. This road is not paved, and even in the best of circumstances it can be traversed only by four-wheel drive vehicle, a trip that takes several hours. The road passes two streams that are prone to flooding.

The Nadogo village clan is willing to sign a protective covenant preserving its 1,000-acre rainforest in exchange for Seacology underwriting modest road improvements, such as better grading and gravel. Though even with these improvements the road will still not be paved, the improvements will make it easier for villagers to get to the market or to a medical clinic when the need arises.

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June 2003
The road opening was dedicated during the June 2002 Seacology expedition. In March 2003 the drainage for the road was upgraded to prevent damage during heavy rains. The contractor who completed...
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