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  

9 people found this review helpful

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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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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7 people found this review helpful

I discovered Seacology by attending a Goldman Environmental Prize ceremony a dozen years ago. When Seacology’s founder Paul Cox Ph.D. received one of these coveted awards, we took notice. Seven years ago I joined the board of directors, which boasts so many committed and generous supporters. The mission is compelling, the leadership is remarkable, and the efficacy is extremely high. From three projects a dozen years ago, we’ve now funded almost 200. Islands are where the abundance of biodiversity resides on this planet, and we fund projects by making deals with the islanders themselves, who almost never want to destroy their own forests and reefs for gain, but who need simple things like schoolrooms, community centers, micro-hydroelectricity, basic sanitation, etc. We get them those things, and in the process allow them to preserve the sanctity of their environments. The executive director, Duane Silverstein, is A++.

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

my visits to funded Seacology projects. I've seen the projects, met the indigenous islanders, and witnessed the success and goodwill.

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

Obviously, visiting projects on remote islands is satisfying. What is most satisfying is meeting the islanders, the partners with whom Seacology is saving islands.

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

The people in the organization at all levels are of the highest and most honorable quality.

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

Hire more field representatives and efficiently fund hundreds of critically effective projects.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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As an attorney I have the opportunity to learn about many nonprofit organizations. Seacology impressed me, to the point where I joined their board, with their unique "win-win" approach - an island village obtains something tangible the indigenous people requested such as a school building or fresh water delivery system, in exchange for establishing a marine or forest reserve. This is not “paper conservation.” Seacology helps the locals conserve their highly threatened island ecosystems while at the same time preserving their quality of life, which is culturally tied to their environment. In effect, Secology is their conservation partner, with a benefit for the whole world, as species extinctions are occurring faster on islands than anywhere else. Seacology does this in a cost effective way and is run rather “lean and mean.” The conservation results are immediate, tangible and concretely verifiable. When you want to help other people, this is how you want to do it.

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

helping island people help themselves to preserve their way of life and culture and environment

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

keep the same executive director and continue to be impressed by the chairman of the board

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

how far my gifts go

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

dedicated and effective

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

save a lot of island ecological diversity

Ways to make it better...

more people understood how far their money can go when an organization follows a win-win policy.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

growth pains, as it creates and nutures satellite Seacology organizations in many countries around the world.

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

I am proud to be associated with Seacology

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

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