The area surrounding the Sawasawaga community has exceptionally high marine biodiversity. There are extensive mangrove forests and seagrass beds. Dugongs, which are a globally vulnerable species of sea mammal (cousins to the manatee), and the increasingly threatened crocodile frequent the area.
Seacology is providing funds to build a new school in Sawasawaga and repair three teachers’ houses that are seriously dilapidated. In exchange, the community will set up a 25-acre protected area, encompassing coral reefs, open sea, seagrass, mangrove, and forest. They will commit to protecting it for at least 10 years.