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September 2013

Renovating a community hall on Tonga’s Ovaka Island, population 72

Ovaka Island’s 72 residents will soon have a refurbished community hall which they’ll use for meetings, classes, and various events. Our field representative in Tonga reports that workers have already built an extension and painted the walls; next they’ll install a sink and plumbing for a kitchen, build a fence, and add tiling to the […]

September 2013

Boardwalk through mangrove forest in the Philippines nearly complete

A new 800-meter boardwalk through a mangrove forest on Bohol Island, Philippines is nearly complete. Once finished, it will help the village of San Vicente protect not only their forest, but surrounding fishing areas as well. By funding this boardwalk project, we’re helping San Vicente continue a conservation effort that began in 1999 after a […]

September 2013

After hurricane, cabana in the Bahamas is rebuilt

This month, workers in the Bahamas’ Fowl Cays National Park (FCNP) successfully rebuilt a cabana destroyed by a hurricane late last year. The cabana is part of our project to help Bahamas National Trust (BNT) manage two of the country’s national parks. We provided funds for cabanas and signage to be installed in FCNP and […]

September 2013

6,000 mangrove trees planted in Fiji

Mangrove restoration continued this month in Fiji’s Qumusea district, as schoolkids chipped in to help plant 6,000 new trees. These mangroves will help prevent erosion, which can hurt nearby coral reefs, and provide protection from major storm surges. But 6,000 trees is just the start: the plan is to plant a total 50,000 new mangrove […]

August 2013

Seacology breaks ground on first project in Chile

This month, construction began on a visitor’s center on Quinchao Island, kicking off our first project in Chile. We’re funding the visitor’s center in exchange for the creation of a 100-acre coastal wetland reserve, the summer home of thousands of shorebirds including the Hudsonian godwits and whimbrels. Many of these birds migrate from as far […]

August 2013

Fish wardens in the Philippines catch poachers by getting creative

Fish wardens in northern Palawan continue to crack down on poachers in the Marine Protected Area (MPA) we helped create in 2008, showing that while illegal fishing continues, local patrols can be an effective force in thwarting it. (Apprehended poachers are brought before the El Nido Environment Council for “arraignment and deposition.”) According to our […]

August 2013

Indonesian kindergarten project featured in two Scuba magazines

This past week, Sportdiver.com and Scubadiving.com both had the story of the kindergarten we helped build in Indonesia, and the role it plays in protecting a coral paradise. From Sportdiver.com’s “School’s in for Raja Ampat”: The local Misool Eco Resort had already established a 90,440 no-take zone in Raja Ampat in 2005, but the marine […]

July 2013

Seacology on GreatNonProfit’s Top-Rated List

This week, GreatNonProfits announced its Top Rated List, and, thanks to a large number of positive reviews, Seacology made the cut! GreatNonProfits “is the leading developer of tools that allow people to find, review, and share information about great — and perhaps not yet great — nonprofits.” Read our reviews or add your own on […]

July 2013

Our 2013 Seacology Prize Winner: Marie Saleem

We’re thrilled to announce that our 2013 Seacology Prize winner is Marie Saleem, a leading environmental conservation advocate whose research and activism have helped protect marine ecosystems in her home country of the Maldives. As this year’s recipient, Saleem will receive $10,000 and will be honored at the Seacology Prize Ceremony on Thursday, October 3rd, […]

June 2013

Lemurs, dugongs among species protected by six new projects

Lemurs, dugongs, and an endemic bird of paradise are among the many species protected by our six newest projects, approved earlier this month. And in exchange for conservation support from islanders, we’re funding a new school for a community without one, a water cistern where freshwater is scarce, and the distribution of traditional fish traps […]