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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Forest Conservation, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection, Water, Water Resources, Wetlands Conservation & Management

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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4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Our environmental non-profit's mission is to increase the number and size of Marine Protected Areas to at least 20% of the world ocean by 2020. One critical element of this mission is that all such MPAs include engagement by local communities and be supported by effective enforcement. Otherwise, they are merely 'paper MPAs'.

Seacology is one of the most effective environmental NGOs we have found in this regard: their agreements with island nations and communities ensure that habitats and environments are truly and meaningfully protected for years to come. We only wish governments could boast a similar success rate.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've been working on environmental issues in Asian islands, and I've come across many communities in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea who have benefited from Seacology's knowledge and investment. It's wonderful to see a non-profit which not only targets environmental challenges, but is also involved in sustainable and culturally sensitive development of rural communities. Keep up the good work, Seacology!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am enormously impressed with work Seacology has done. I first came across Seacology when reading an article about the "best non-profit you never heard of". After doing some basic online research, I found countless stories of the good work the people at Seacology have supported throughout the world. What a great model: help people and help the environment. It is such a simple message, but really works.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!