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Bats, birds, and dugongs among species to benefit from new projects

March 1, 2023

We’re excited to introduce you to seven new Seacology projects! These partnerships will protect more than 8,000 acres of diverse and vulnerable island habitat and the unique plants and animals that live there. 

Several of them also focus on locally managed ecotourism, which is making a post-pandemic comeback around the world. Our support will help reconnect locals and tourists alike to the natural world, while providing sustainable income to island communities, particularly young people.

Lac Bay, Bonaire

This project will help stabilize the population of the threatened Queen conch, a giant marine snail with deep significance to the culture and economy of this Dutch Caribbean island. 

San Lorenzo Bay, Dominican Republic

Last year, a fire severely damaged the office of the local fishing cooperative, which works to promote sustainable fishing and runs a popular kayak ecotourism operation. Our project will fund rebuilding of the office and support protection of nearly 3,000 acres of mangroves.

Uma Village, Fiji

Rabi Island is home to a community that has long struggled for opportunity after its forced relocation from an island in what is now Kiribati. Our partnership with Uma Village will fund a much-needed new school and community hall and refurbish a historic building. The community has pledged to protect 1,230 acres of forest and replant four acres of mangroves.

Pisiwi Island, Federated States of Micronesia

Poaching and other destructive practices threaten the diverse coral reef ecosystem surrounding this uninhabited island in the state of Chuuk. Our project funds a new visitors’ center and ranger station, which will help local conservationists enforce a new no-take reserve around the island.

Medan Mas, Indonesia

Half of the mangroves surrounding this village on Borneo were destroyed to make room for fish and shrimp farms, many of which have been abandoned. Our project will help the village protect 450 acres of remaining mangroves and replant 25, boosting the community’s resilience to tropical storms and rising seas. It also supports sustainable livelihoods for the local people.

Suyac Island, Philippines

Three species of bats, including the endemic and endangered golden-crowned flying fox, inhabit the dense mangroves surrounding this small island in the central Philippines. Seacology funding will help the Taba-ao community repair infrastructure needed for rangers to keep an eye on the ecosystem, and support the area’s ecotourism providers as they recover from the pandemic.

Ban Bagunyai Village, Thailand

Seacology will fund a new building to serve as a base of operations for an inspiring youth-led conservation initiative. Our local partners have been planting thousands of mangroves, restocking the local fishery with key species, and protecting thousands of acres of marine habitat where dugongs and sea turtles graze on seagrass.