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July 2020

An islander who sees ‘little miracles’ every time she dives joins Seacology

For new Seacology board member Sonia Toledo, Seacology’s focus on islands is personal. Toledo grew up in Puerto Rico before moving to the mainland US for college. She now lives in New York but maintains a close connection to her home island. She also brings valuable expertise in infrastructure financing and sustainable development to Seacology’s […]

July 2020

Sri Lanka Mangrove project receives 2020 Energy Globe Award

We’re excited to announce that Seacology and our Sri Lankan partner organization, Sudeesa, have been named recipients of a 2020 National Energy Globe Award! This annual prize is awarded to a single environmental project in each participating country. In Sri Lanka, our nationwide mangrove conservation project was chosen for its innovative, sustainable, grassroots approach to […]

July 2020

Tasmania project supports 10,000 years of Aboriginal conservation

Australia’s Aboriginal people are one of the world’s oldest civilizations, if not the oldest, stretching back tens of thousands of years. A new Seacology project is supporting Aboriginal stewardship of the ecosystems of Big Dog Island, which has continued uninterrupted for an estimated 10,000 years. Big Dog Island is one of more than 300 islands […]

July 2020

Seacology Prize recipient profiled in new book

Author and dive instructor Vera Kruithof’s new book, Be a Wave Maker, profiles 24 exemplary individuals working to protect the world’s oceans and all of the life within them. Among these leaders is Patricia Lamelas, our 2018 Seacology Prize winner from the Dominican Republic! “Patricia empowers her community with a sense of responsibility towards the […]

July 2020

Cutting bamboo, not trees, protects Indonesian forests

For centuries, the people of Mandalamekar Village, on the Indonesian island of Java, have used the area’s abundant bamboo plants to make everything from baskets to buildings. But selling bamboo never brought much income to village residents, who had to look for other ways to make a living. Community members are changing that, with support […]

July 2020

Protecting penguins and preserving heritage in Peru

The Andes mountains, the Amazon rainforest, a rugged coastline: Peru has it all. About 80% of the planet’s ecosystems can be found in South American’s third-largest country. Its unique geography contributes to enormous biodiversity and productivity, both in and on its islands. Peru’s coastal waters are special because two ocean currents come together there. The […]

June 2020

Harvard case study highlights Sri Lanka mangrove project

Harvard University’s Planetary Health Alliance has just released 10 case studies exploring the intersection of human well-being and the climate crisis and other environmental threats. Among them is our recently completed Sri Lanka Mangrove Conservation Project! Following a series of interviews with project leaders and stakeholders, the group produced an in-depth examination of the five-year […]

June 2020

New projects focus on resilience and recovery

Our ten newest projects focus on protecting carbon-sequestering, shoreline-sheltering mangroves and seagrass ecosystems. These new conservation partnerships, which span nine countries, include our first project in Wales and our first in a decade in Samoa. As international tourism remains largely shut down worldwide because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of these projects also support local […]

June 2020

Signs of hope for the world’s rarest primate

The Hainan black-crested gibbon is the world’s rarest primate. Once abundant throughout China, the population of these graceful tree-dwelling apes collapsed because of habitat loss and poaching. They are now found only in one small area of Hainan Island, the Bawangling Nature Reserve. When Seacology launched our first project in China to protect this critical […]

June 2020

Duane Silverstein talks islands, COVID-19, and missing travel with Wild Earth Expeditions

Wild Earth Expeditions, based in Australia, organizes unique tours to fascinating destinations around the world. A longtime travel partner of Seacology, it has helped us put together unforgettable trips to our project sites in Tonga, Sri Lanka, and other island nations. While international tourism is on hold due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Wild Earth is […]