We make island conservation work for locals
At Seacology, we believe that environmental issues are human issues, too. By providing a benefit – be it a health center, a school, or a water system – in exchange for the creation of a nature reserve, we ensure the reserve works in everyone’s interests.
“Dollar for dollar, pound for pound, Seacology gets more output than any conservation group that I’ve seen. They’re not giving money away, they’re not making grants, they’re making deals.”
—Dr. John McCosker, senior scientist for the California Academy of Sciences
It’s not just about fairness. It’s about developing an effective nature reserve.
Many rural islanders rely on their natural resources for their livelihoods, and when park restrictions conflict with these needs, then these restrictions are routinely ignored.
Community-wide agreements address these issues to find a solution that works for everyone’s interests. Examples include:
- Restricting fishing in Jamaica’s Oracabessa Bay results in more fish in adjacent areas.
- Protecting a 2,471-acre watershed forest on the Philippines’ Sibuyan Island in exchange for solar lighting equipment that allows children to study at night.
- Funding a new school in Samoa’s Falealupo means village leaders won’t need to sell logging rights in order to pay for better education for their kids.