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Seacology Updates - March 2014

Shorebirds, pangolin among species protected by new Seacology projects

Photo © Hans Hillewaert / CC-BY-SA-3.0

In February we launched six new projects on islands around the world, including our first ever in Argentina where we’re helping protect the habitat of shorebirds (like the Red Knot, pictured) who migrate all the way from the Arctic each year.

Meanwhile, our new project in Bali, Indonesia protects habitat for pangolins and leaf-eating monkeys. In Zanzabar (Tanzania), a village water pump project involves conserving a forest home to the Pemba blue duiker, a 15-inch tall species of antelope, as well as the Red colobus monkey.

Follow the links to learn more about our new projects:

Argentina, Tierra del Fuego
Fencing, signage, bird watching platforms and educational materials for the 80 hectare (198 acre) Rio Grande Natural Reserve System.

Federated States of Micronesia, Parem Island
Water storage and distribution system, and aquaculture and monitoring supplies, in exchange for the establishment of a 665 hectare (1,644 acre) marine reserve as a no-take area in perpetuity,

Federated States of Micronesia, Pohnpei Island
Youth development and education center in exchange for a 308 acre forest reserve, as a no-take area in perpetuity, Awak community, Uh Municipality.

Creation of mangrove nursery to support community-based restoration projects, Telescope, East St. Andrew’s.

Indonesia, Bali
Community Building in exchange for support of 650 hectares (1,606 acres) of “no-take” rainforest in perpetuity, Banjar Bengkel, Desa Wongaya Gede, Tabanan.

Tanzania, Zanzibar
Village water pump and culverts, livestock watering points to reduce destruction of spring and river banks, and rehabilitation and awareness program in exchange for the sustainable management and conservation of the 566 hectare (1,399 acre) Chaani Indigenous Forest for a minimum duration of 10 years.  

Tiger boat prowls the Sundarbans

Workers completed a new tiger-themed paint job on the boat being used as a "Mobile Resource and Environmental Education Center" to help with conservation in the Sundarbans (India). Great way to honor the local Bengal tiger... and to make a boat look awesome!

Kristin M. Reed joins Seacology’s Board of Directors

Seacology is proud to announce Kristin M. Reed as the newest member of our Board of Directors.

Reed serves as Strategic Advisor to Olazul, leading program strategy and directing program management for the organization. A trained social scientist interested in the nexus between human rights and environment, Reed directed the University of California Human Rights Fellowship and programs for a variety of conservation and humanitarian organizations. She has taken a leadership role on an array of NGO and research initiatives across Africa (including Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique and Uganda), campaigns to protect endangered wildlife in Cambodia and Costa Rica, and fisheries development in Papua New Guinea.

Reed earned a PhD in Environmental Science, Policy and Management (concentration in Society and Environment) from the University of California, Berkeley in 2006. Her doctoral research, published by UC Press in 2009 as Crude Existence: Environment and the Politics of Oil in Northern Angola, focused on the effects of offshore oil production on artisanal fishing communities. Kristin received a B.S. in Science, Technology and International Affairs and a certificate in African Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in 1999.


Seacology in the News

Alert Diver featured Seacology the magazine's Winter 2014 issue:

Nine villages line a bay on Waigeo Island in Raja Ampat, Indonesia. During a visit by representatives of Seacology, a California-based nonprofit working to protect threatened island ecosystems around the world, one village chief requested paved walking paths.

"We thought, what an odd thing to request," said Seacology executive director Duane Silverstein. "But our philosophy is that we'll do what the village wants as long as it isn't a bad thing." Then he learned that village paths become water-filled ruts in the rainy season, which meant paved walkways would help prevent malaria.

Read the full story here.


Seacology Travel

Aug 16 - 23, 2014
Travel with Seacology and the National Aquarium to stay at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort on Vanua Levu. Visit two Seacology project in nearby villages. View the trip brochure (pdf) for more information. 

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