FIJI, Nukubalavu Village, Savusavu, Vanua Levu Island - January 2007
Construction of a preschool building in exchange for the creation of a 25,600-acre marine reserve for a duration of 20 years
Nukubalavu is located on Vanua Levu, the second largest island in Fiji. By Fijian standards it is a relatively large village with a population of 300. The village holds the title of Tui Na Savasavu, which is the highest title in land of Savusavu. Seacology is funding the construction of a new preschool building. In exchange, the villagers have agreed to increase their current reserve from 3,200 acres to 25,600 acres as a no-take zone for a duration of 20 years.
UPDATE June 2007 - Materials to construct the foundation and walls were purchased and transported in early 2007 to begin construction. The building is scheduled to be completed by August 2007.
UPDATE November 2007 - As of October the building was almost complete with installation of fixtures and fencing still to be completed as soon as the building supervisor returns to the village.
UPDATE May 2008 - As of March 2008 field representative Saula Vodonaivalu, Jr. reports that work is progressing well and is scheduled to be fully complete by August 2008.
UPDATE January 2009 - Construction of the building was completed in August 2008 and visited by the 2008 Seacology group expedition for an opening ceremony.