January 2006

Conservation benefit: 32-acre no-take marine reserve, and the establishment of a 300-acre terrestrial reserve for 10 years

Community benefit : Completion of a kindergarten building and equipment

Marou is the largest village on Emau Island, with a population of about 1,000. In 2003, the village chief and community set up the Marou Community Conservation Area. A variety of fish, turtles, clams, shells, sea cucumber, crabs, and corals live in the marine reserve. It’s also an ideal place for dugongs, marine mammals closely related to manatees. The Marou community is willing to preserve their 32-acre marine reserve for at least ten years. They will set aside a 300-acre terrestrial area as well.

In exchange, Seacology will fund the completion of a kindergarten and provide equipment for monitoring the marine protected area.

Project Updates
May 2015
Category-5 Cyclone Pam caused severe damage across Vanuatu in March. It caused only minor damage to the Seacology-funded building, which stood up well and was used as an emergency shelter.
August 2009
Senior Program Officer Karen Peterson visited this project in June 2009. She reports that the kindergarten is in really good shape and is actively used. The community built the kindergarten...
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June 2008
The Village extended the boundary of the marine protected area in September 2007 after launching their MPA management plan. The building is in good condition.
January 2007
Construction of the kindergarten building was completed in May 2006 and an opening ceremony was held in September 2006. Vanuatu Field Representative Kevin Tari reported that the community is...
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June 2006
Construction was nearing completion at the end of April 2006. Final construction stages of roofing and window placement were scheduled for early May 2006. Vanuatu Field Representative Kevin Tari...
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