Jan 072012

Seacology is a non-profit organization with the purpose of preserving the highly endangered biodiversity of islands throughout the world.

Seacology’s mission, from www.seacology.com

Indigenous people are all too often faced with the dilemma of choosing between protecting their precious natural resources, and economic development. Seacology searches for win-win situations where both the local environment is protected and islanders receive some tangible benefit for doing so. In Falealupo, Samoa, Seacology built a critically needed school in exchange for the establishment of a 30,000-acre forest reserve. In Ensem Village, Indonesia, Seacology constructed a medical clinic in support of a 60,958-acre rainforest reserve for a minimum duration of 20 years. Because we work closely with islanders right from the beginning, our projects enjoy strong local support and consequently lead to long-term benefits. Our ever-expanding list of projects shows that we are truly making a difference in protecting threatened island biodiversity throughout the world.

I was introduced to this organization by family members (and fellow reeftravelers) when a card arrived in my mailbox a few weeks ago.  Thanks to their generous gift, Seacology will be protecting 5 acres of the Muri coral reef in Rarotonga, Cook Islands.  You can learn more about the Muri coral reef here.

Muri Beach - Photo from Wikipedia Commons

Please visit Seacology’s website to learn more about its programs around the world or to learn how you can help.


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