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New projects focus on resilience and recovery

June 9, 2020

Our ten newest projects focus on protecting carbon-sequestering, shoreline-sheltering mangroves and seagrass ecosystems. These new conservation partnerships, which span nine countries, include our first project in Wales and our first in a decade in Samoa.

As international tourism remains largely shut down worldwide because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of these projects also support local ecotourism operations. This will provide sustainable economic opportunity in places hit hard by the global economic downturn.

Big Dog Island, Australia: Our first project in Tasmania supports the aboriginal people who manage this 874- acre island habitat, by funding solar power to replace polluting diesel generators.

Marae Moana, Cook Islands: This project supports the world’s largest multi-use marine protected area, recently established by the south Pacific nation of the Cook Islands.

Boca Chica, Dominican Republic: In support of their ecotourism initiative, we’re partnering with a new fishing cooperative to protect 13 acres of coral reefs, mangroves, seagrass, and other marine habitat.

El Tablón, Dominican Republic: Seacology is supporting several initiatives at the ecological park here, including restoration of mangroves and seaweed and ecotourism development, in exchange for the protection of a 66-acre lagoon.

Guanaja Island, Honduras: This project protects both mangroves and terrestrial forest. We’ll fund repairs to a mangrove boardwalk and a new welcome center at the airport, introducing visitors to the island’s unique environment.

Rungus Nahaba, Malaysia: This village will protect nearly 1,000 acres of rainforest in northern Borneo. Our grant will fund construction of trails and shelters for community-based ecotourism.

Ngerkeklau Island, Palau: Our second project on this island will permanently protect 400 acres of seagrass and dugong habitat, in exchange for a new dock and shelters for rangers who enforce the restrictions.

Alabat Municipality, Philippines: After learning of a successful Seacology partnership with the community of Agdangan, the leaders of this area approached us with a proposal to protect 77 acres of marine habitat and 47 of mangrove forest. Seacology will fund a new community center and boardwalk and support for environmental education.

Setāfaō Saipipi, Samoa: Our first project since 2010 in Samoa (where Seacology began) will protect 40 acres of marine habitat. We are funding expansion of the village’s fale or community environmental center. The project will also provide repairs for a damaged freshwater-storage pool.

Porthdinlaien, Wales: Our first project in the United Kingdom, working with Project Seagrass, will restore at least ten seagrass areas degraded by mooring chains, and install new ecologically friendly mooring devices to prevent future damage.