SEACOLOGY

Rating: 4.89 stars   46 reviews

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Location: 1623 Solano Ave. Berkeley CA 94707 USA

Mission: Seacology is a nonprofit nongovernmental organization with the sole purpose of preserving the environments and cultures of islands worldwide. We implement solutions by asking islanders to identify a communal need Seacology could support, such as an elementary school or fresh water delivery system. In exchange the village agrees to establish and manage a marine or terrestrial reserve. Our innovative win-win model is inexpensive, maintains indigenous land ownership and improves the entire community.
Geographic areas served: International in scope, Seacology supports island environments and cultures worldwide.
Programs: Seacology supports island villages and ecosystems around the world. To date, Seacology has launched 210 island-based projects, saving 1,012,686 acres of marine ecosystems and 159,312 acres of terrestrial habitat. In return for establishing island marine and forest reserves, Seacology has helped islanders build facilities such as schools, community centers, solar energy systems, and other critically-needed structures, and funded programs providing scholarships, vital medical services and supplies for island communities. Seacology has projects in 44 countries on 100 islands around the globe. A list of all our island projects can be found at www.seacology.org.
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have nothing but praise and admiration for the work of Seacology. I stumbled across the organisation as the author of a non-commercial website about the Cook Islands (www.cookislands.org.uk). I read about their work to protect Lake Tiriara in the south Mangaia and kindly let me share details and photos of it on my site. They've done a fantastic job there and I'm also going to support (and promote) their fund raising efforts tor Muri lagoon on Rarotonga. It is a unique location and I am so pleased to learn of their involvement and that their efforts will extend to helping the local community centre and health clinic.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Mangaia, Cook Islands

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Raise awareness further of thier work

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8 people found this review helpful

Seacology has been a great organization to work with and has played an important part in fulfilling the Nu Skin Force for Good Foundation’s mission by being a force for good throughout the world. The foundation has been involved in and seen the results of countless projects Seacology has done and recognizes the invaluable service they are providing by protecting threatened island biodiversity throughout the world. The Nu Skin Force for Good Foundation continues its ongoing partnership with Seacology to improve the education and environment of young islanders.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In 2009, the Nu Skin Force for Good Foundation provided support for five of Seacology’s key island conservation projects.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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We are very humble and proud to be accepted as the Scandinavian affiliate of Seacology, the sole non-profit organization working globally to protects nature and culture of islands all over the world. The work of Seacology is unique in many ways. With the climatic changes all over the world the islands are even more voulnerable to the changes occuring in nature. From beforehand we are aware of the hard pressure laid upon local people in these small communities, e.g. by selling out their land to shortsighted though hard needed income from industry projects instead of protcting the nature on longterm perspective. By supporting Seacology by fundraising also in Scandinavia we hope to contribute to stablilize the outstanding nature and culture on islands all over the world. In a month or two we are ready to start our contributions to projects run by Seacology, for detailed informations about projects, please visit the homepage of www.seacology.com.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The personal experience each and one of the board members and staff have from feild work and personal engagement as well as professional handling of the work done by Seacology

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

protect even more islands before irreplacable nature is gone for ever.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Beginning life with big dreams but limited resources, Seacology has proven itself to be an environmental organization that delivers major results. Idealistic yet always practical, Exec. Dir. Duane Silverstein, his staff, and the Seacology Board work diligently to pinpoint projects that will benefit ecological and human communities around the world. I have seen their accomplishments firsthand and was impressed by how Seacology can make so little money go so far... And, sometimes unusually for an NGO, Duane and his team manage to treat the local people with whom they work, as well as their donors - regardless of the amount of their contribution - with respect and appreciation. Small and unpretentious, Seacology has set as its goal nothing less than the global conservation of island and coral ecosystems - a task it's fighting valiantly to accomplish. Seacology certainly deserves to be a part of the Green Choice Campaign!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Dedicated, totally committed, and passionate about both helping local communities benefit from the conservation of their natural resources and ensuring that those natural resources continue to flourish. Great people!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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6 people found this review helpful

I think Seacology is a great organization. Most of their money goes toward preserving critical habitat instead of toward operational expenses. They do great work and have preserved 161,527 acres of terrestrial habitat and 1,814,314 acres of coral reef and other marine habitat. That's impressive!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

save more habitat.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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9 people found this review helpful

I decided to get involved with Seacology because of it's conservation model. Seacology partners with indigenous islanders to protect endangered species, habitats and cultures. For example, Seacology will pay for a school in exchange for the village agreeing to protect some part of a marine reef or rain forest. I have visited villages in Indonesia, Maldives, Fiji etc. and it is wonderful how the people are proud of there new school as well as the area they are preserving. It's a win-win.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

visiting islands where we have given an resource to the indigenous people (villagers) in exchange for their conservation of a rain forest or marine reef.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how efficient and effective it is. There is only a small staff.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very dedicated and passionate about Seacology's mission

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand the number of projects to preserve our precious environment and help indigenous islanders who are often some of the poorest and vulnerable populations.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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6 people found this review helpful

I love Seacology. I love Dr.Paul.Cox. I love Seacology. I love Dr.Paul.Cox. I love Seacology. I love Dr.Paul.Cox. I love Seacology. I love Dr.Paul.Cox.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

yes

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yes

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

yes

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

yes

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

yes

Ways to make it better...

yes

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yes

One thing I'd also say is that...

yes

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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9 people found this review helpful

Seacology does an excellent job in bringing positive change to island communities around the world. They identify the needs of the communities and, together with them, develop win-win projects that improve their standard of living while protecting their surrounding environment. The low sclae nature of the projects and Secology's continuous involvement ensure a high rate of success. I have had the opportunity to personally witness the positive impact they have had on local communities in Africa. Seacology's team is passionate about what they do and, above all, extremely professional.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

bringing change to communities in Madagascar by building schools in rural areas, protecting the habitat of flying foxes (bats), helping local women and reforestation.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

committed, professional, and warm

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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9 people found this review helpful

Seacology is a small organization that has successfully maximized its impact by remaining narrowly focused on community-based projects to encourage island conservation. I helped co-found the UK affiliate of Seacology because I believe in its mission, the integrity of the organization, and their bottom-up approach to island environmental protection.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

community project work in Madagascar

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

down-to-earth, focused on achieving tangible benefits for islanders around the world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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This is a wonderful organization with two basic premises: saving vanishing lands and waters and developing win-win solutions with indigenous people who live on islands throughout the world. We're pleased to be able to support this organization for these reasons and also because a very high percentage of the money they raise goes to the programs. The combination of a very lean staff and a committed board of directors results in programs and successes far greater than their footprint!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing a new school in a very isolated village in the Solomon Islands.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the commitment of the Board, staff and associates to very simple goals.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, visionary and inspiring.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

protect more acres of endangered land, preserve more areas of coral reefs and ensure that local villagers in islands around the world can preserve their way of live.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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