2018: A big year for islands
Thanks to the backing of supporters like you, 2018 was a particularly eventful and successful year for Seacology. Here are a few highlights of our work to protect island ecosystems and communities around the world:
- We launched 18 new projects, including our first ever in Uruguay. We announced our 300th project in June and have now worked in 60 countries around the world.
- Seacology and our partners received unprecedented international attention. Our first nationwide project, protecting Sri Lanka’s mangrove forests, was one of only 15 initiatives worldwide to be named a Lighthouse Activity by Momentum For Change, a UN-based campaign to promote innovative climate change solutions. And Sri Lanka was appointed to lead a new committee on mangrove conservation for the Commonwealth of Nations.
- We awarded the Seacology Prize to Patricia Lamelas, a committed and effective conservation leader in the Dominican Republic. She’s a key partner in one of our first projects in her country.
- We held our first-ever crowdfunding campaign, which successfully raised funds to protect parrotfish around Isla Providencia, Colombia.
- After nearly a decade of negotiations with the government, a village in Papua New Guinea secured a permanent health worker for their Seacology-funded clinic, built in 2010. Despite the frustrating process, the community has always honored its agreement to protect a nearly 1000-acre marine area, and the coral reef there is thriving. Hundreds of people came from villages in the area to dedicate the clinic at a day-long ceremony.
None of these achievements would happen without the support of the committed individuals, families, and institutions that fund Seacology’s work. We offer our deepest gratitude for your help in making 2018 such a great year for island conservation and look forward to sharing more successes with you in the year to come. If you have not yet made a tax-deductible year-end contribution to Seacology, we encourage you to do so.