We operate with a small staff out of an office in Berkeley, California and rely on a network of part-time field representatives around the world. These field representatives work directly with island communities and local NGOs to oversee Seacology projects and to seek out new project opportunities. Because each island village we work with has different needs and circumstances, each project we do is different. In consultation with staff, our field representatives negotiate the terms of the agreement with villages – what will be protected, and what they need in return. Once a tentative agreement is set, the project is submitted to our Board of Directors for approval for funding.
“Being a Caribbean islander, I am very pleased that Seacology is working to preserve the environments and cultures of islands throughout the world. You are filling a critically unmet need.”—Atherton Martin, 1998 Goldman Environmental Prize Winner, Dominica.
What makes for a successful Seacology project?A community passionate about preserving its natural resources. Because our projects rely so much on the locals to enforce the terms of the nature reserve, it takes a motivated community for a project to work. An infrastructure project that benefits everyone in the community. This helps ensure that everyone in the community is invested in the success of the nature reserve. Conservation restrictions that are in the community’s long-term best interest. The restrictions should work to enhance the sustainability of the local economy, not harm it. Conservation restrictions that are enforceable. We only pursue projects knowing that a community is motivated and capable of enforcing the terms of the restrictions.