January 2008

Conservation benefit: Protection of all bird species and hardwood trees in a 1,339-acre area, as well as a 62-acre no-take marine reserve for 15 years

Community benefit: Renovation of three historical school buildings

Nasawa Village, with a population of over 400 people, is one of the largest communities on Maewo Island. Most villagers have maintained their traditional way off life, building small huts using traditional materials, consisting of bamboo trees for walls and coconut leaves for the roofing. The local communities have recently expressed concerns over population growth rates and diminishing fish and prawn catches, increased forest clearing for farmland, and an increase in bird and water eel catches.

Since the 1980s, the community of 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. Additionally, they will set aside a 62-acre area as a no-take marine reserve for fish, shells, turtles, and crabs for minimum of 15 years.

Full or partial funding for this project provided by
Project Updates
June 2010
As of June 2010 Kevin reports that the situation remains much the same. The government project to build an airport in the area is on hold.
December 2009
As of December 2009 protection of bird species continues. There was a small area close to the chief’s residence at the beach where hardwood trees and bush trees were cut down to make way for a...
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July 2009
As of July 2009 the school renovations are complete. Field representative Kevin Tari attended a ceremonial opening of the three buildings on July 28.
June 2009
As of March 2009 two buildings were fully refurbished and the village started work on the last building. Kevin Tari estimates that all three buildings will be complete and ready for an opening...
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January 2009
Construction began in March 2008 with re-roofing one of the three buildings. Major construction has progressed slowly due to lack of permanent on-site skilled labor. As of August 2008 new roofing...
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May 2008
The project was delayed in February due to lack of shipping options. As of March a ship was repaired and materials were sent to the village. In April roofing started on one of the buildings and...
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