FIJI, Nacamaki Village, Koro Island - July 2004
Community center maintenance and repair in exchange for the creation of a 1,000-acre marine reserve
Nacamaki villagers are renowned for their traditional gift of turtle calling, in which sea turtles respond to chanting by swimming to shore. Nacamaki has a community center which is the largest on Koro Island. The 22-year old center is deteriorating and is in need of repair and maintenance. The village is willing to establish a 1,000-acre no take marine reserve for a minimum of 10 years. In exchange for this sacrifice, Seacology will fund the repair and maintenance of their community center.
UPDATE July 2005 - All building materials were delivered to the site and renovation of the roof and windows was completed in early 2005. Seacology's 2005 Fiji expedition visited Nacamaki Village to celebrate the opening of the renovated community center.