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June 2015 e-Newsletter
In This Issue: Seven New Seacology Projects LaunchedSri Lanka Initiative Makes HeadlinesIslands of the MonthTravel: GrenadaTravel: NicaraguaSeacology Welcomes Staff Member2014 Annual ReportBecome an Island Steward

Seven New Seacology Projects Launched

At their June meeting, Seacology’s Board of Directors approved seven new projects, including our first in the nation of Mozambique. These initiatives will help to protect thousands of acres of combined marine and terrestrial habitat, and such threatened species as dugongs, oceanic mantas, and fishing cats.

Belize: Big Falls
Construction of housing for paying volunteers who help with conservation projects, in exchange for continued protection of three reserves totaling 162,000 acres

India: Berhampur Island, Chilika Lake
Construction of a solar-powered multipurpose community center, in exchange for planting 10,000 mangrove and other trees, protecting 20 acres of Chilika lagoon, and conducting environmental education for 10 years

Indonesia: Lamakera, Solor Island
Construction of an ecotourism and community center, in exchange for a ban on hunting oceanic manta rays off Solor Island for 20 years

Kenya: Mkwiro Village
Rehabilitation of Beach Management Unit office and construction of alternative livelihood workshop, tools and training, in exchange for protection of the 741-acre Mkwiro Marine Co-Management Area

Madagascar: Ambaro-Ambanja Bay
Ecotourism center and latrines, eco-camp, and improvements to mangrove walk, in exchange for protection of 988 intact acres of mangrove forest for 30 years

Mozambique: Bazaruto Archipelago National Park
Development of alternative livelihood opportunities, in exchange for protection of marine habitat and biodiversity, including endangered dugongs

Papua New Guinea: Turubu
Construction of multipurpose community center, in exchange for protection of a 1,400-acre wildlife management area and six small islands for 20 years

Sri Lanka Initiative Makes Headlines

Our project announced last month to protect all of Sri Lanka's mangroves has caught the attention of media around the world. From the UK to Bangladesh, journalists and commentators have noted the project's innovative model of placing local women at the core of our conservation strategy.

Here are some of our favorite pieces written about the groundbreaking project (so far):

Islands of the Month: Kofiau, Indonesia

Kofiau is located in the geographic center of Indonesia's Raja Ampat Archipelago. Of Kofiau's 43 islands, with a total land area of 55,735 acres and 206,802 acres of marine area, there are only three villages, each on its own island. Kofiau's land area is the site of dense tropical rainforest with several endemic species, including the Kofiau black-backed monarch, the rare Kofiau paradise-kingfisher, and the Kofiau green tree python. The marine area encompasses some of the highest marine diversity recorded anywhere on the planet.

In a 2007 project, Seacology provided three communities on Deer, Dibalal, and Tolobi with educational and medical supplies in exchange for the declaration of 41,360 acres of an existing protected area as a no-take zone.

Seacology Travel: Grenada

January 16-23, 2016
Escape the winter chill for a week on this Caribbean island where Seacology has led mangrove-restoration and environmental awareness efforts, among other projects. Tour Grenada’s hotspots of exquisite food and drink, explore incredible diving destinations, and hike through the majestic Grand Etang National Park. Read more.

Seacology Travel: Nicaragua

January 8-16, 2016
Seacology is planning our first-ever expedition to Nicaragua! We will visit a Seacology project on one of the largest and most beautiful freshwater lake islands in the world, Isla Ometepe. We will also visit a turtle reserve on the Pacific coast and stay in some of the nicest resorts in this nation which is becoming a very popular tourist destination. The trip will take place from January 8-16. Stay tuned for more details in the coming month.
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Seacology Welcomes New Staff Member

Last month, Liz Gregg joined Seacology as our new Development Associate. Liz has worked as both an archaeologist in the Hawaiian Islands and as a botanist in the Stanislaus National Forest.  She has a BA in botany from UC Santa Cruz and a MS in interdisciplinary ecology from the University of Florida, with research focused on agroforestry in native Shipibo communities in the Peruvian Amazon. She has worked in development for an NGO in Belize, as well as in the Bay Area. Please join us in welcoming her to the Seacology team!

2014 Annual Report Out

2014 was a great year for Seacology. We announced 14 exciting new projects. We received a prestigious award from the Prince of Monaco. From Madagascar to the Philippines, to Chile, our ongoing investments made significant progress to protect sensitive island habitats and empower those who rely on them. Look back on a spectacular year in our 2014 annual report.

Become an Island Steward

Seacology recently launched Island Stewards, our new monthly donor program. For as little as $10 a month, your ongoing contributions can help sustain our important conservation work year-round. Island Stewards will also receive special recognition in future annual reports and a locally made gift from one of our project sites for each year of membership. To learn more and to sign up, visit seacology.org/islandstewards.
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