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August 2016 e-Newsletter
In This Issue: World Mangrove Day in Sri LankaReservations open for Seacology Prize CeremonyPhilippines community center finishedTravel: Cocos IslandSeacology at Bay Area Aloha FestivalWe're hiring!

Seacology, Sudeesa open Sri Lanka mangrove museum

Project partners celebrate a year of success in landmark conservation effort

On July 26th, conservationists around the world observed World Mangrove Day. Long celebrated as Mangrove Action Day by the Mangrove Action Project, the 26th is now for the first time an official UNESCO International Day. And as awareness grows around the importance of the myriad benefits of mangroves, Seacology celebrated this inaugural holiday in a big way.

Together with our partner organization Sudeesa and representatives of the Sri Lankan government, coastal communities, and others, we commemorated more than a year of success in our program to help Sri Lanka become the first nation to fully protect its mangrove forests. Gathering in Pambala, a small coastal village surrounded by dense mangroves, we officially opened the Seacology-Sudeesa Mangrove Museum. The museum will host tens of thousands of Sri Lankan schoolchildren and tourists every year to educate them about the ecological and economic benefits that mangroves provide. Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena cut the ribbon and offered a dedication for the new facility, a key component of the nationwide partnership.
"I think this is the most important project Seacology has ever attempted, and I know that it is one that we can all be proud of," said Board Chair and Seacology founder Paul Cox, who was one of several staff and board members in attendance.

At the ceremony, the group met with officers from the Sri Lankan navy, which has taken an active role in patrolling and replanting mangroves.Seacology representatives also delivered checks to hundreds of women who had qualified for Sudeesa's microfinance program and will use the microloans to develop sustainable businesses.

The Seacology personnel present last week were truly moved by seeing results of the project up close, and we all look forward to continuing the momentum achieved in in the past year. We invite you to read more about our work in Sri Lanka, view video updates from Sudeesa, and more, here. We also hope you'll read some of the recent press coverage about the project and World Mangrove Day:

Sri Lanka success whets international appetite for mangrove conservation
Washington Post (via Associated Press)
Sri Lanka prime minister: Mangroves curb climate threat
BBC News
Sri Lanka prime minister: Mangroves curb climate threat

Sri Lanka President launches Mangrove Conservation Program uplifting coastal communities
PMD News
President opens Mangrove Museum

Reservations open for 2016 Seacology Prize Ceremony

Seacology is now taking reservations for the 2016 Seacology Prize Ceremony, which will take place in Berkeley, California on Thursday, October 6. We hope you'll join us to honor this year's recipient, Irma Brady, who has helped pioneer sustainable development and conservation across Honduras' Bay Islands.

As always, the event is free and open to the public, but we ask that you RSVP in advance so we can have an idea of the audience size and plan refreshments and other details accordingly.

Philippines project finished

Our track record of successful and efficient conservation work in the Philippines continues as our latest project there has wrapped up ahead of schedule and under budget!

More than a decade ago on Cuyo Island, the village of San Carlos began supporting the Imalaguan Fish Sanctuary, a nearby marine reserve, by training and employing rangers. The community relies on fishing for much of its income, and its fishers soon realized the benefits that preserving the no-take area offered as their catches in surrounding waters improved significantly.

Beginning in February, Seacology stepped in to encourage and strengthen this successful self-enforcement regime. In exchange for a pledge to renew their commitment to the fish sanctuary's for the next 25 years, we funded a new community center for San Carlos. As with most Seacology projects, the partnership to build the center enlisted local laborers, providing an additional economic benefit for the community.

In July, the finishing touches were put on the building, which will be used for education of local youths, meetings of the fishing community, and other village needs. With money left in the project budget, village leaders plan to purchase additional furniture and fixtures for their new center.

Seacology Travel:
Cocos Island, Costa Rica

May 30–June 10, 2017
Join Seacology and premiere dive operator Undersea Hunter for a week of diving at one of the world’s premiere underwater destinations. Once called “the most beautiful island in the world” by Jacques Cousteau, the UNESCO World Heritage Site and Costa Rican national park is world-renowned for its stunning big-critter diving. Scuba Diving Magazine called Cocos one of the world’s top five destinations for advanced divers. Read more in our travel brochure.

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Join us in San Mateo

We invite our Bay Area supporters to join us at the San Francisco Bay Area Aloha Festival in San Mateo this Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free for the annual celebration of Pacific Island culture, which features fantastic indigenous music, dance, cuisine, arts and crafts, and more! You can learn more about the festival at

We'll be tabling to introduce festival attendees to our conservation work on islands around the world, and particularly in the Pacific. Hope to see you there!

We're hiring!

Are you a nonprofit fundraising professional with an interest in environmental conservation? Seacology is seeking a new Development Associate to join our team in Berkeley, California. See our job description for full detail and requirements here.
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