Conservation benefit: Support of the protection of two Fish Habitat Reserves, totaling 368 acres, for 10 years
Community benefit: Refurbishment of an existing community hall and its facilities
Felemea Village is one of two villages on ‘Uiha Island in the Ha’apai island group. In January 1995, the Tongan government declared the entire Ha’apai group a Conservation Area in principle, under the South Pacific Biodiversity Conservation Program. The marine area near Felemea used to contain abundant clams, sea slugs, seaweeds, crab, lobster, and a variety of reef fish. Overfishing, however, has threatened its health.
The community has indicated a willingness to more aggressively protect its marine resources. In return for Seacology’s support, it will actively manage two Fish Habitat Reserves, totaling 368 acres, for at least 10 years. Seacology is funding the refurbishment of the Felemea community hall. Like similar buildings in other South Pacific villages, Felemea’s hall is the main venue for meetings, workshops, women’s and youth activities, and preschool. With a Seacology grant, the hall will get a complete makeover. There will be a new tile floor, doors, window frames and louvers, electrical repairs, repainting, a plastic water tank and guttering, and tables and chairs. Our nonprofit partner is the Tonga Community Development Trust, which has worked with Tongan villages for many years.Full or partial funding for this project provided by
- October 2014
- Construction of the new Felemea center has been completed, and a Seacology expedition visited the site in late August.
- April 2014
- The Felemea community hall was badly damaged by Cyclone Ian in January 2014. Seacology Field Representative Sione Faka'osi is working to provide Seacology staff with an estimate for needed repairs.
- June 2011
- Field Representative Sione Faka’osi reports that the renovations of the building are completed. The new water tank is already full of fresh water. The village is looking forward to welcoming...
- January 2011
- Field Representative Sione Faka'osi visited the project site in August 2010, accompanied by Deputy Director of Fisheries Siola'a Malimali and Ha'apai-based Fisheries Officer Sailosi'Afoli. A...