Late board member leaves legacy in French Polynesia,
fresh water in West Papua, and more
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July 2014 E- Newsletter
In This Issue: A Legacy on MooreaPanama Cleanup Efforts Wrap UpFresh Water in West Papua 
Travel: KenyaStay ConnectedNew Communications Assistant

A Legacy on Moorea

Last month, members of a Seacology expedition visited the island of Moorea, French Polynesia to commemorate the opening of the Atitia Center dormitory. The new structure is an expansion of an earlier Seacology-funded facility that was constructed in 2008 to foster education programs focusing on traditional knowledge, science, and conservation. The dormitory, which was dedicated amid a joyous display of local song, dance, and cuisine, will house children from surrounding islands who attend the Atitia Center, which had become so popular that it required the additional space.

Funding for the expansion was approved in 2012 in memory of late board member Kimo Campbell, who passed away earlier that year, and had been involved in the establishment of the original Atitia Center. Dubbed Fare Kimo, the facility serves as a fitting tribute to a leader in island conservation who was passionate about our work in Polynesia in particular.

Visit the project page for more information about the dormitory, and for photos and a video of the opening festivities.

Panama Cleanup Efforts Wrap Up

In 2010, Seacology partnered with the Kuna communities on the Panamanian island of Carti. An increasingly popular tourist destination, Carti lacked the resources to manage a growing output of refuse, much of which was finding its way into the island's waters.

Seacology provided essential equipment and training to help local schools conduct several trash-collection drives and transfer and sell the waste to a recycling facility on the mainland. As part of the agreement, the communities agreed to local draft regulations for waste management.

As the project wraps up, we're happy to report that our partners on Carti have not only collected untold amounts of refuse, they've established a permanent landfill facility, legally enshrined new waste-management policies, and introduced a new source of income through the sale of aluminum to recyclers, a trade that holds the promise of making our efforts self-sustaining. Read more about the project at our website.

Fresh Water in West Papua

We're happy to announce the launch of our fourth project in West Papua, Indonesia. In the neighboring villages of Manggroholo and Sira in an isolated corner of the South Sorong regency, local residents have long resisted attempts by palm oil companies to exploit much of the forest that holds great cultural and economic significance for the native population.

We applaud this effort, and to encourage such stewardship we, with financial support from Seacology Japan, have agreed to assist the villagers in the construction of a much-needed fresh-water system in exchange for the communities' agreement to continue to uphold a no-take forest reserve in more than 10,000 acres of the most critical land in their territory. Read more about the project here.

Seacology Travel

Seacology invites you to join us for a once-in-a-lifetime safari to Kenya, where visitors will enjoy two nights at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, have a chance to witness the Great Migration at Maasai Mara, and visit Wasini Island, where Seacology has worked to protect expansive mangrove forests in exchange for key improvements in the island's water infrastructure.

What's more, Seacology and our partners are pleased to offer a $150 discount if you book your spot by July 25. For more details, see the trip brochure.
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Seacology Welcomes New Employee

Seacology has recently hired Joseph Clerici as our new Design and Communications Assistant and Webmaster. A Bay Area native and graduate of Humboldt State University’s journalism program, Joe brings a wide range of multimedia experience to the organization and has produced content for a variety of journalistic and nonprofit organizations, including the Coral Reef Alliance, one of Seacology’s fellow marine-conservation groups. In this new role, he will be responsible for the management of Seacology’s website, newsletters, and various other communications projects.

He replaces outgoing Communications Assistant Henry Jones, who has stepped down to attend law school at the University of California, Davis.

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