Nasawa Village, with a population of over 400 people, is one of the largest communities on Maewo Island. Most villagers maintain a traditional way of life, building small huts using bamboo trees for walls and coconut leaves for the roofing. The communities are concerned about population growth and diminishing fish and prawn catches, increased forest clearing for farmland, and an increase in bird and water eel catches.
Since the 1980s, Nasawa has been seeking financial assistance from the local government for renovation of their historical school buildings. Seacology is providing funds to renovate these school buildings. In exchange, the Nasawa community will preserve all bird species and hardwood trees commonly used for timber in a 1,339-acre area. They will also set aside a 62-acre no-take marine reserve for fish, shells, turtles, and crabs for 15 years.