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February 2017 e-Newsletter
In This Issue: New Seacology projects beginVideo showcases 2016 progress in Sri Lanka mangroves conservationSeacology director profiled in Geographical magazineJoin us at the Ocean Film FestivalTravel: Peru

Seven new projects launched, including first in Colombia


We're excited to announce that last week Seacology's board of directors approved seven new conservation projects around the world. These partnerships will protect many hundreds of acres of marine, forest, and mangrove ecosystems, reduce harmful pollution, and help isolated and disadvantaged island communities. Among the species to benefit from these new projects are manatees, humphead wrasse (above), and the bandro, a rare species of lemur found only in one small corner of Madagascar.

The new projects are located at:

Orika, Rosario Islands, Colombia: Waste-processing facility to reduce pollution. This is Seacology's first-ever project in the nation of Colombia.

Woaun Koapin Soamwoai, Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia: Community meeting and learning center in exchange for expansion of Nahtik marine reserve 

Setapuk Besar, Borneo, Indonesia: Community and mangrove education center and bridge in exchange for protection of 741-acre mangrove forest for 15 years

Andreba, Madagascar: Community center with solar panels and wildlife viewing platforms, in exchange for protection of 210 acres of wetlands, conservation education, ecotourism development, and restoration of degraded habitat

Holbox Island, Mexico: Pollution reduction and replanting of 2.5-acre deforested area, in exchange for toilet facilities with rainwater collection and storage system and solar-powered water treatment system

Batuhan, Mindoro Island, Philippines: Daycare center in exchange for protection of 132 acres of mangrove forest for 30 years and mangrove nursery

'Atataa Island, Tonga: Alternative livelihood program and rebuilding of community center in support of a 440-acre fish habitat reserve for 15 years

Seacology has now launched 276 projects on islands in 58 countries.
Sudeesa mangroves tour

"Footsteps" video recounts 2016 successes in Sri Lanka

As the awareness of the need to protect mangrove ecosystems grows worldwide, our nationwide project to conserve mangroves in Sri Lanka continues to make progress. In 2016, the first full calendar year since the project's launch, we and our Sri Lankan partners opened the world's first mangrove museum, raised and planted thousands of mangrove seedlings, and distributed thousands of microloans to coastal women to start new sustainable businesses.

Sudeesa, our partner organization in the program, has just released a video recap of the past year's work there. We invite you to check it out at YouTube or Vimeo.

Seacology Travel: Peru

August 5-15, 2017
This summer, Seacology will lead our first-ever trip to Peru! We invite you to explore key sites of the Inca Empire with us, including Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, and more. We’ll also visit Foca Island, the location of our first project in Peru.

Learn more about the expedition in our brochure. Reservations are going fast for this trip, so don't hesitate if you're interested in joining us for this unforgettable excursion.
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Seacology director featured in Geographical

Our executive director, Duane Silverstein, is the subject of Geographical Magazine's January "I'm a Geographer" column. Duane reflects on his journey from the suburbs of New York, where he'd never seen a live fish, to working in some of the world's most biodiverse marine ecosystems. He also details how Seacology made the ambitious leap from small-scale community conservation projects to a multimillion-dollar program to save an entire country's mangrove forests and help thousands of Sri Lankans escape poverty.

Duane was recently named a fellow to the UK's Royal Geographical Society, which publishes the magazine.

Join us for a night of stunning ocean films

For the first time, Seacology will take part in this year's International Ocean Film Festival in San Francisco! The festival, now in its 14th year, is an annual celebration of the majesty and importance of our oceans, as revealed by the work of dozens of incredibly talented independent filmmakers.

We invite our supporters in the Bay Area to join us and many other fantastic conservation groups at the Fort Mason Center on Saturday March 11, from 4 to 9 p.m.

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