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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.

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been so impressed by how Seacology helps protect precious and diverse island ecosystems all over the globe. It is encouraging to see how they use a simple yet highly effective strategy and find solutions for both the locals and the environment. Seacology is making a positive difference for the future which as a Diver I constantly see the need for.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Such an awesome cause. I love keeping up with their projects!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Seacology is a great nonprofit with an innovative strategy for conservation. By working with the people, Seacology identifies what motivates the local community to protect the environment and then supports these efforts thereby making lasting change. Seacology is doing amazing work around the globe--changing lives in many places and protecting the environment.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a researcher in the environmental sciences, I know how much we know about the environment, but rarely do I see it actively protected. Seacology's approach to protecting crucial habitats is effective and involves the local inhabitants of the region in the protection and ownership of their unique environment. For someone who sees a lot of knowledge and little action, it is inspiring.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I admire Seacology's work because this is not your traditional non-profit, which is all talk and no action. The organization's projects are backed up by meticulous research and its ideas are thoughtfully implemented across the world.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had a great love of the ocean since childhood. Sea kayaking, walking coastlines and admiring tide pools have been pastimes for as long as I can remember. Most of the islands visited have been on the east coast of the United States. However, globally, I am very aware that the oceans and fragile shorelines are changing due to human pollution, environmental changes, and economic pressures.

I learned recently of Seacology, and of the many projects they have sponsored and completed to rescue island environments and inhabitants. This is a very impressive group of highly dedicated individuals. The success they have demonstrated over the past years is both commendable and noteworthy. We should use their non-profit as a model for how things should be properly planned and efficiently carried out. Hat's off to Seacology and their leadership.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The work that Seacology does on this planet is incredibly important not only to the natural resources they strive to protect but also the individuals and communities they touch with each and every project. I am humbled by their grassroots approach and amazed at just how successful they have been in their endeavors. I recently had the honor of attending the Seacology Prize Ceremony during which they honored a Madagascan man for his single handed effort to save his local habit from destruction-- one acre at a time. Kudos to him for his life work and to Seacology for recognizing how seemingly small efforts change the lives of people and animals alike.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Even that it might be a good case, do NOT enter your payments info, since they didn't bother with encrypting the card data, making it easy for everyone to use your card...

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seacology1 12/14/2010

Due to an error, Seacology's Save an Acre donation page (www.seacology.org/saveanacre) did not appear secure. One icon on the page was insecure; however, the personal information and credit card data has always been encrypted and secure. The icon has now been removed, so the entire page is secure. Seacology is a registered non-profit organization, and we have the highest respect for our supporters and their personal information.