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Solomon Islands

Tetepare Island

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Conservation benefit: Strengthened enforcement of environmental protection on the largest uninhabited island in the South Pacific

Community benefit: Construction of a ranger dormitory

Date Approved: 12.2008

Forest

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

Ocean

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

Uninhabited Tetepare is one of the last large unlogged islands in the Solomons. Its 72 square miles of primary lowland rainforest support several rare and endemic species, and its beaches are a nesting area for the critically endangered leatherback turtle. Tetepare’s original inhabitants fled the island approximately 150 years ago due to a combination of intense headhunting pressure and disease outbreaks. In 2002, their descendants formed the Tetepare Descendants Association (TDA) to sustainably manage Tetepare’s terrestrial and marine resources.

Seacology is providing funds to the TDA for construction of a dormitory to house rangers to protect the natural resources of the island.

Project Updates

June 2011

This project has been completed successfully.

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February 2011

Significant progress has been made on the construction of the ranger dormitory. Materials have been purchased, arrangements have been made to deliver materials, the construction site has been cleared, and foundation work has begun. Construction on the dormitory is scheduled for completion by the end of May 2011.

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