A logging company approached these remote villages, offering to pay for connecting the villages to Viti Levu’s existing power grid–in exchange for logging the area’s pristine 1,500-acre rainforest. Despite the fact that the villagers have below-average per capita incomes, the village chief declined this deal. Instead, he insisted on finding non-destructive ways of providing power to the villages.
The villages have agreed to establish both a forest reserve and marine reserve. In exchange, Seacology is providing the funds necessary to connect the three villages to the island’s power grid.