Nine new projects protect island ecosystems above and below the surface
There’s now a Seacology project for every day of the year, and then some! We are excited to announce nine new partnerships with local communities and organizations that will protect critically endangered species and thousands of acres of mangroves, coral reefs, and other threatened island habitats. This brings our total to 373 active or complete projects across 65 countries.
Dominican Republic: Las Calderas
This project will protect almost 200 acres of mangrove forest by supporting local beekeepers, who rely on the mangroves as a sustainable source of food for their bees. Children and teens will also receive education about the importance of the mangrove ecosystem.
Dutch Caribbean: Saba Island
On this remote island in the eastern Caribbean, Seacology is helping build a marine lab and environmental education center. The first facility of its kind in the area, the center will form a key part of the biology curriculum for local high school students, and will inform visitors about the island’s unique coral reefs and other ecosystems.
Grenada: Grand Etang Reserve
Seacology will support the continued protection of the 2,470-acre Grant Etang Forest Reserve, in the mountains of Grenada, by funding restoration of a four-mile nature trail, tree planting, and installation of signs.
Honduras: Utila Island
This project aims to protect the endangered Utila spiny-tailed iguana, which lives only on this island, from human hunting and other threats. Seacology is funding an outreach program for students, tourists, and the public, as well as patrols of nesting areas and mangrove replanting in the lizards’ habitat.
India: Agatti Island
The community here has created a 500-acre locally managed marine protected area around the coral reef near this island, and will ask the Indian government to officially protect it. A Seacology grant will fund an environmental center and public outreach, including an “Our Reef, Our Life,” curriculum for students.
Indonesia: Runi Village
This traditional fishing village, where people take seriously their role as guardians of the environment, is in the famed Raja Ampat region, home to unmatched marine biodiversity. The community will use a Seacology grant to build a watchtower on the uninhabited island where they go to fish. This will help them deter or spot fishers who come to the area to use illegal and destructive methods.
Madagascar: Sainte Luce and Ebakika Villages
The littoral forests of southeastern Madagascar have become badly fragmented, posing a serious threat to the endangered lemurs and other animals and plants found there. This project will create a corridor of trees between fragments, letting animals move freely and maintain their populations. Local people will receive training and equipment to help them prevent and mitigate wildfires.
Palau: Choll Village
This village will protect 50 acres of coastal mangroves–an important forest that protects the village from storms and nourishes thriving populations of fish, crabs, shrimps and many other creatures. The community will use a Seacology grant to raise the level of their traditional stone pier, which has been undermined by the rise in sea level.
Uruguay: Bella Unión Islands
This project will protect more than a thousand acres of forest, on seven islands, that are home to the endangered white-lined bat. Local people will get training so they can work as guides in wildlife-based tourism, and Seacology will fund a small visitors’ center.