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June 2016 e-Newsletter
In This Issue: Eleven new Seacology projectsPNG partners recognized by UNPut your name on the new Sri Lanka mangrove museumFollow us on InstagramShareProgress recognizes Seacology

Seacology launches 11 new projects


Seacology is launching 11 new projects around the world, including our first ones in Cuba and Peru! This new work, spanning the globe and comprising tens of thousands of acres of protected habitat, will protect endemic species, strengthen fisheries, and support sustainable ecotourism. On Monday, our Board of Directors approved these projects:

Cocodrilo, Cuba: Increased protection of the offshore marine environment, in exchange for support for alternative livelihoods, including ecotourism skills, and reef-monitoring training and equipment

Rang Village, Yap, Federated States of Micronesia: Protection of 24-acre mangrove forest as no-take area for 15 years, in exchange for community water system

Pakraman Wongaya, Indonesia: Permanent protection of 1,600 acres of rainforest, in exchange for renovation of community center

Puncak Baru Village, Indonesia: Preservation of 2,325 acres of forest for 15 years, in exchange for repair of community freshwater supply system

Saporkreng Village, Indonesia: Permanent protection of 371 acres of coral reef habitat, in exchange for jetty, boat moorings, and marker buoys

Sii Island, Kenya: Conservation of 1,977 acres of mangrove forest for 15 years, in exchange for watchtowers, mangrove mapping and replantation, and community awareness program

Contoy Island, Mexico: 3,927-acre permanent lobster refuge, in exchange for installation of solar power and restoration of fishermen's shelters

Ngaraard, Palau: 57-acre no-take marine area, in exchange for boardwalk through mangrove area and enforcement equipment

Foca Island, Peru: Protection of 24,216 marine acres for 15 years, in exchange for construction of ecotourism and interpretive center
Prior to the meeting, we recently approved two other projects:

Carysfort Reef, Key Largo, Florida: Replanting and restoration of coral reef

Islas Catalinas, Costa Rica: Environmental education programs for local schools, in support of the establishment of a marine protected area for giant manta rays

We're very excited to move forward on all of these new initiatives, to work with new partners in new countries, and to continue to achieve win-win outcomes for island habitats and communities. Each of these projects is the product of detailed planning and research by our staff and field representatives and careful scrutiny by our board members; we're confident that they will soon make a real and positive impact.

We're also thrilled to announce that the Board has chosen the winner of the 2016 Seacology Prize. We look forward to sharing the recipient's name and story with you in our next e-newsletter.

Seacology partners in PNG win UN conservation award

We’d like to congratulate our friends at Papua New Guinea’s Wanang Conservation Area for being among the 2015 winners of the prestigious United Nations Development Programme Equator Prize! Former Seacology Prize winner Filip Damen has played a key role in the leadership of this successful protected area, and Seacology partnered with the WCA to expand the reserve in a 2011 project.

The community celebrated receipt of the award locally this month, after the prize was awarded to several communities and organizations in a December ceremony in Paris.

Last call to be recognized as a Sri Lanka mangroves donor

The nearly complete Seacology-Sudeesa Mangrove Museum (below) will open on July 26, as the environmental community marks World Mangrove Day. The museum is a key part of our groundbreaking mangrove-conservation project in Sri Lanka. In a ceremony that day, we’ll dedicate the building by unveiling a plaque acknowledging every donor who contributed $500 or more to the effort.

If you would like to be a permanent part of this groundbreaking project, please make your contribution by Thursday, June 30.
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Seacology chosen for ShareProgress gift

Every year, technology company ShareProgress donates 1% of its annual revenue to a handful of nonprofit organizations.,Each ShareProgress staff member chooses a group to receive a portion of those funds. A huge thank you to web developer Justine Lam, who picked Seacology! We're honored to be included on this diverse list of innovative charities working to empower communities around the country and beyond.

Justine explains her decision at the ShareProgress website.
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