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

Community benefit: Modest road improvements

Date Approved: 12.1999


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

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 an agreement preserving its 1,000-acre rainforest. In exchange, Seacology will fund modest road improvements, such as better grading and gravel. Though 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.

Project Updates

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 the work maintained the road during the first year.

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