July 2005

Conservation benefit: Establishment of a 25-acre coastal conservation area

Community benefit: School buildings for the community

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 regularly 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.

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Project Updates
June 2008
The Fisheries Management Area that was established at Gabutau Point and in front of the Sawasawaga Village continues to be respected and enforced. Villagers are reporting increases in coral...
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June 2007
The building remains in good shape, and floors were recently varnished. The protected area continues to be enforced. In April 2007, villagers helped the University of Papua New Guinea conduct a...
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January 2007
Construction of the school buildings was completed in August 2006. An opening ceremony took place on October 28, 2006, attended by government and church officials and field representative Helen Perks.
June 2006
Building plans for the school have been drawn up and the site cleared. Construction will take place over the next few months. The conservation area has been GPSed and rules for its management...
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January 2006
Villagers have held a community meeting and designated rules for management of the protected area, which will be demarcated by GPS. Plans are being drawn up for the school building; construction...
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