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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 […]

May 2020

Seacology field rep, marooned on a remote island, drums up a new project

Pandemic-related travel and meeting restrictions have made it tough for Seacology’s field representatives—the two dozen people who help us develop projects around the world—to keep working with island communities. But Vineeta Hoon, our field rep for India and Bangladesh, didn’t complain when India’s strict travel ban meant she couldn’t leave an isolated island for more […]

May 2020

Manatees and dugongs: saving serene sirenians

You’ve probably heard of manatees – the gentle marine mammals that live in warm waters from Florida to South America and graze on underwater vegetation. But what about their cousins, dugongs? They look similar at first glance, but manatees have round, paddle-shaped tails, while dugong tails are notched like a whale’s. Dugongs are found in […]

May 2020

Check out our 2019 annual report

Last year, we began 18 new projects, including our first in Guatemala. It was the final year of our first nationwide project, protecting Sri Lanka’s mangroves. Our work drew awards and attention in international media. And we recognized a champion of Borneo’s rainforests with the Seacology Prize. All this while carefully managing the funds our […]

May 2020

Dominican partners patrol lagoon to rescue flamingos

This article was written in Spanish by members of Grupo Jaragua, our local partner in our project at the Dominican Republic’s Oviedo Lagoon. It has been translated, edited, and re-posted with their permission. Guides and captains of AGUINAOVI: Heroes of the flamingos and guardians of the mangroves of the Oviedo Lagoon In these difficult times, […]