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March 2020

Uruguay beekeepers lead the charge against invasive species

Science—and our own experience—tell us that local communities have crucial knowledge about the ecosystems with which their lives and cultures are bound. Tapping into this knowledge makes conservation more effective. It also gives these communities the respect they are due but have historically often been denied. This principle was key to the success of our […]

March 2020

Local partnerships in Mexico protect diverse island habitats

Like any country, Mexico wants tourism and development to bolster its economy. But economic growth, unless it’s managed carefully, can bring environmental degradation. Seacology’s projects in Mexico target the overfishing, solid waste, and water pollution that now threaten Mexico’s 1,300 islands, which are home to coral reefs, mangroves, sand dunes, and rainforests. Seacology also takes […]

February 2020

Dominican Republic projects safeguard key wetlands

Seacology only recently began working in the Dominican Republic, but our work there has already made a big impact. Our four projects in the country, located at Las Garitas, Montecristi Province, Oviedo Lagoon, and Limón Lagoon, are helping to protect some of the country’s most important mangrove ecosystems. We awarded the 2018 Seacology Prize to […]

February 2020

Project site not damaged by Taal Volcano eruption

Seacology project partners near Taal Lake, in the Philippines, were forced to evacuate after the volcano in the middle of the lake erupted on January 12, burying surrounding communities in a thick layer of ash. Seacology funded repairs and upgrades to an ecotourism center in the Municipality of Mataas na Kahoy, on Taal Lake, in […]

February 2020

New projects protect island habitat from India to Spain

Seacology’s board of directors just approved six new projects on islands around the world. These new partnerships with local communities and organizations will protect thousands of acres of habitat. Several new initiatives concentrate on the protection or restoration of seagrass habitats. Like mangroves, seagrass beds have enormous “blue carbon” capacity. In other words, they sequester […]

February 2020

Sri Lanka mangroves featured on CNN

CNN recently sat down with the leaders of Sudeesa, our local partners in the Sri Lanka Mangrove Conservation Project, for a feature on that country’s efforts to protect its mangroves. The brief video report explains why mangroves are so important in efforts against fishery depletion and climate change, and interviews Sudeesa co-founder and former Seacology […]

February 2020

A personal account of the Australia wildfires

Seacology’s Malaysia field rep, Chris Wright, was visiting family in Australia at Christmastime as the bushfires raged. Read his harrowing description of how fire tore through his family farm—and his perspectives on how political decisions put us all at risk.

January 2020

Seacology project affected by volcano

The Philippines’ Taal Lake, the site of a Seacology project, was covered with ash by the eruption of Taal Volcano on January 12. The mountain spewed ash and particles of fine glass nine miles in the air and forced the evacuation of 50,000 people, including the communities where Seacology funded a conservation center. Authorities fear […]

January 2020

Seacology director interviews Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna

Environmental issues were the focus of a discussion with Henry Puna, Prime Minister of the Cook Islands, the South Pacific country that recently created the largest marine protected area in the world, Marae Moana. Seacology Executive Director Duane Silverstein moderated the discussion on January 8, at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco. He […]

December 2019

Kenya projects ensure water security while protecting vital ecosystems

In prosperous countries, it’s easy to take physical and economic security for granted. But for people in much of the developing world, these things are precarious. Overfishing depletes food supplies and stifles economic opportunity for growing populations, jeopardizing people’s livelihoods. Climate change leads to droughts and storms of increasing frequency and severity. Among the results: […]