Conservation benefit: Creation of a 25,600-acre marine reserve for 20 years
Community benefit: Construction of a preschool and kindergarten building
Nukubalavu is located on Vanua Levu, the second largest island in Fiji. By Fijian standards it is a relatively large village with a population of 300. The village holds the title of Tui Na Savasavu, which is the highest title in land of Savusavu. Seacology is funding the construction of a new preschool building. In exchange, the villagers have agreed to increase their current reserve from 3,200 acres to 25,600 acres as a no-take zone for a duration of 20 years.
- July 2017
- The school building has now been completely repaired and expanded and is once again being used. Field representative Pettine Simpson and program manager Mary Randolph visited for a re-opening...
- May 2017
- Repairs to the building, and a small expansion, began in April and are progressing well.
- January 2017
- Seacology has made a new grant to the community, to repair the extensive damage caused by Cyclone Winston to the kindergarten building.
- March 2016
- Cyclone Winston, the strongest storm ever recorded in the southern hemisphere, wreaked tremendous damage on the beautiful village of Nukubalavu. Seacology field representative Pettine Simpson, who...
- January 2009
- Construction of the building was completed in August 2008 and visited by the 2008 Seacology group expedition for an opening ceremony.
- May 2008
- As of March 2008 field representative Saula Vodonaivalu, Jr. reports that work is progressing well and is scheduled to be fully complete by August 2008.
- November 2007
- As of October, the building was almost complete with installation of fixtures and fencing still to be completed as soon as the building supervisor returns to the village.
- June 2007
- Materials to construct the foundation and walls were purchased and transported in early 2007 to begin construction. The building is scheduled to be completed by August 2007.