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New projects will protect the habitats of manatees, leopards, and more

February 26, 2024

Endangered manatees, leopards, parrots, and foxes are among the unique island species whose habitats will be preserved by our latest 13 projects. These partnerships with island communities in a dozen countries include our first ever project in the Brazilian Amazon, and our first new project in Sri Lanka since the conclusion of our nationwide mangrove conservation initiative there. We’ve also launched our first projects on Curaçao, perfect timing ahead of our upcoming expedition to the Caribbean island in May.

Explore them all:

Cotijuba Island, Brazil

We will work with a local women’s organization to support replanting and protection of an eroded 7.5-acre riparian area, and provide a grant so they can refurbish a community center that houses a small library and meeting spaces.

Grand Tierra del Fuego Island, Chile

This project will protect two brackish lagoons that provide habitat for the rare Magellanic plover and many other bird and wildlife species. A grant will go toward putting up fences, signs, and observation platforms so tourists don’t disturb birds and damage habitat.

Manoka Island, Cameroon

This island is home to vast mangrove forests, but poverty forces people to gather wood for fuel or sale. The community will protect 2,471 acres of mangroves in return for funding for a water supply system, solar electrification kits, and training in soap-making.

Bajo Yuna Mangroves National Park, Dominican Republic

We’ll be working with a community that lies partly inside a national park to help them patrol and protect 49 acres of restored mangroves in the park, with a grant for a small ranger station.

Curaçao coral restoration, Dutch Caribbean

A new disease that rapidly kills coral is sweeping through the Caribbean. Stony coral tissue loss disease hit Curaçao in 2023 and could kill 25% of its reefs. Seacology is funding a simple coral nursery, where corals will be grown for outplanting.

Curaçao sea turtles, Dutch Caribbean

Populations of endangered marine turtles here have declined, in part because tourists sometimes disturb nesting areas. Tour operators also encourage visitors to feed turtles, which habituates the turtles to people and puts them in danger. This project will educate tourists about proper behavior.

Cikidang Village, Indonesia

The indigenous residents of this village will protect 288 acres of tropical forest in West Java, an area plagued by deforestation. They will use a Seacology grant to build a new kindergarten for village children.

Maleolap Atoll, Marshall Islands

This project will permanently protect about 2,500 acres around the Boujlap Pinnacle, an area where fish congregate to spawn and people come to overfish. The community will use a grant to build a small storage building near the local landing strip.

Isabel Island, Mexico

A fishers’ cooperative and Mexican NGO, both of whom we’ve worked with before, will restore damaged coral reef off the island. They will collect fragments locally and outplant them on simple metal structures, a technique that has worked well in the area.

Sitio Lapat, Philippines

This village, home to deeply traditional people, has been protecting their 1,236-acre forest watershed for generations. To support their efforts for another two decades, Seacology will make a grant for micro-hydro equipment that will supply clean electricity to the village. 

Mallorca Island, Spain

An NGO that works on seagrass restoration and public education in the Balearic Islands will plant plots of seagrass off the island. They are working to find the most successful restoration method for this crucial foundation of the Mediterranean environment.

Central Highlands, Sri Lanka

A Seacology grant will go to a local NGO that works to preserve wildlife corridors used by the Sri Lanka leopard and other animals, high in tea plantation country. Public outreach is a key element of success; we will fund creation of 15 conservation resource rooms at schools and Forest Guardian groups.

Tumbatu Island, Tanzania

Most island residents rely on the ocean for their livelihood; this project will conserve 2,229 acres of marine habitat. A grant will provide mariculture training and fund construction of a new conservation resource center.