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Conservation benefit: Forest and flying fox preservation

Community benefit: Construction of a community hall and water tank

Date Approved: 11.2001


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

Waibalavu, a village of about 160 people, is surrounded by mountainous tropical rainforest. A large cave in the forest is home to a colony of endangered Pacific sheath-tail bats, also known as flying foxes or bekabeka. According to Bat Conservation International, this species is threatened by habitat loss and is a priority for conservation.

The village has agreed to protect 792 acres of pristine rainforest, including the mountain cave that provides habitat for the bats.

Seacology has funded construction of a badly needed community hall and water supply system in the village, which is 80 miles from the capital city of Suva on Fiji’s largest island, Viti Levu. Ensuring a supply of clean water will support the health of village residents.

Project Updates

January 2007

Seacology funded the repainting of the community hall, which was in need of maintenance.

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November 2003

The community has finished the community hall and the water system. Both were dedicated during the June 2003 Seacology expedition to Fiji.

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