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Fiji

Waisomo

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Conservation benefit: Assist in establishment of the Nubura Marine Conservation Area

Community benefit: Community center

Date Approved: 07.2000

Ocean

This project protects ocean ecosystems, making coastal communities more economically and physically secure in the face of climate change.

Waisomo Village is located on Ono Island, which lies 40 miles south of Viti Levu, Fiji’s main island. With the leadership of village Chief Iokimi Naqeluviki, the villagers have begun the process of establishing a no-take marine protected area. They will restrict fishing in this area for at least five years. This will allow, in the words of the chief, “fish, clam and so on to regenerate for the benefit of our future generations.”

Seacology provided funding so villagers build a new community center and buy a boat to patrol the marine conservation area. The World Wildlife Fund – Fiji is responsible for the scientific surveys and mapping that made this marine reserve possible.

Project Updates

January 2005

The community center was completed and dedicated during the June 2002 Seacology expedition to Fiji. The final year of the five year no-take marine reserve is scheduled for 2005. The village is currently discussing the possibility of requesting a new grant from Seacology and lengthening the agreement to preserve the Nuburua fishing ground.

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