January 2007

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.

Project Updates
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...
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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...
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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.

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