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.