July 2010

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 is willing 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 10 years. Seacology is funding the refurbishment of the Felemea community hall. As is common in South Pacific villages, Felemea’s community 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. Community members will replace the floor, doors, window frames, and louvers. They will also buy tables and chairs and make electrical repairs, repaint, and install a water tank and guttering. Our nonprofit partner is the Tonga Community Development Trust, which has worked with Tongan villages for many years.

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Project Updates
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...
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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...
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