September 2007 Archives

Vanuatu is a South Pacific nation located some 1,000 miles east of Northern Australia.  Seacology has launched seven marine and forest conservation projects in Vanuatu.  It's also a place where we couldn't work effectively without Kevin Tari, one of our nine island-based field representatives throughout the world.  These field reps identify good projects; keep our Berkeley-based staff apprised of conservation, cultural and other issues in their home regions; monitor project progress; and in general act as our eyes and ears on the islands where we work.

We just received this great report from Kevin regarding Marou Village on Emau Island, where Seacology funded the completion of a kindergarten building and equipment in exchange for a 32-acre no-take marine reserve, and the establishment of a 300-acre terrestrial reserve for a minimum duration of 10 years.  The kindergarten was dedicated in September 2006; however, just last week the community held another celebration - this time to mark their commitment to their Marine Protected Area Management Plan:

Mr. Kokichi Kariya
Mr. Kokichi Kariya

On Wednesday, October 3, Seacology will be celebrating the accomplishments of the 2007 Seacology Prize recipient, Kokichi Kariya of Fuzawa, Japan. The Seacology Prize is awarded annually to an indigenous islander for exceptional achievement in preserving the environment and culture of any of the world's 100,000-plus islands.

To honor this heroic gentleman, Seacology is hosting a special awards ceremony at the St. Francis Yacht Club on San Francisco Bay. Mr. Kariya has spent 42 years in a tireless struggle to save one of the few remaining ancient forests on Honshu Island, Japan. At great personal sacrifice he has challenged aggressive logging companies as well as local, regional and national governments to protect the virgin beech trees of Fuzawa, Japan.