Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification

Seacology

At Seacology, we believe that environmental issues are human issues, too. By providing a benefit – be it a health center, a school, or a water system – in exchange for the creation of a nature reserve, we ensure the reserve works in everyone’s interests.

Berkeley, CA

Mission

Seacology searches for win-win situations where both the local island environment is protected and islanders receive some lasting benefit for doing so. We work directly with island villagers to protect critically-threatened biodiversity globally. We implement solutions by asking islanders to identify a communal need Seacology could support, such as an elementary school or fresh water delivery system. In exchange, the village agrees to establish and manage a marine or terrestrial reserve. Our innovative win-win model is inexpensive, maintains indigenous land ownership and improves the entire community.

Ruling Year

1992

Executive Director

Duane Silverstein

Main Address

1623 Solano Avenue

Berkeley, CA 94707 USA

Keywords

islands, coral reefs, marine, forest, mangrove, conservation, disaster relief, humanitarian, community development

EIN

87-0495235

 Number

7975399907

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

Forest Conservation (C36)

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“One of the swiftest and most profound biological catastrophes in the history of the earth.” That’s how biologist Storrs Olson describes the stunning rate of species extinctions on islands over the past several centuries, during which 80% of all recorded extinctions happened to island species. Due to their isolation and favorable climates, islands are hotbeds for biodiversity, home to an array of rare species, many of which live nowhere else in the world. This makes entire species vulnerable to relatively small, localized environmental disruptions. Islands have also been the site of an disproportionate share of the world’s total extinctions, as even minor disruptions to an island’s ecosystem can have devastating consequences. But just as minor disruptions to an island’s ecosystem can have devastating consequences, island conservation can produce incredible results.

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Our Results

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Number of acres of land protected

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Protected acres of terrestrial and marine habitats.

Number of projects showing an upward trend in the number of conservation actions at site

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Population(s) served

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Projects launched in over 60 countries served.

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Seacology is a nonprofit whose mission is to work with islanders around the world to protect threatened ecosystems and help their local communities. Many island communities want to protect their natural resources but face incredible pressure to sell logging rights or allow destructive fishing techniques in order to raise funds to educate their kids, treat their sick, or power their homes. Instead of turning to logging companies or commercial fishermen, these island communities can work with us. We protect island habitats and assist local communities by offering villages a unique deal: if they agree to create a forest or marine reserve, we’ll provide funds for something the village needs, like a schoolhouse or health clinic. Since 1991, we’ve launched more than 300 projects, working with villages on islands in 60 countries, helping to protect approximately 1.3 million acres of some of the world’s most vulnerable ecosystems.

At Seacology, we believe that environmental issues are human issues, too. By providing a benefit – be it a health center, a school, or a water system – in exchange for the creation of a nature reserve, we ensure the reserve works in everyone’s interests. It’s not just about fairness. It’s about developing an effective nature reserve. Many rural islanders rely on their natural resources for their livelihoods, and when park restrictions conflict with these needs, then these restrictions are routinely ignored. Community-wide agreements address these issues to find a solution that works for everyone’s interests. Examples include: * Restricting fishing in Jamaica’s Oracabessa Bay results in more fish in adjacent areas. * Protecting a 2,471-acre watershed forest on the Philippines’ Sibuyan Island in exchange for solar lighting equipment that allows children to study at night. * Funding a new school in Samoa’s Falealupo means the village won’t need to sell logging rights to pay for education.

Our small staff is based at 1623 Solano Avenue in Berkeley, California. We have affiliates in England, Germany, Japan, and Sweden. Our network of field representatives stretches across the globe. We’re led by a passionate Board of Directors and supported by a lineup of scientists and researchers on our Scientific Advisory Board. “Dollar for dollar, pound for pound, Seacology gets more output than any conservation group that I’ve seen. They’re not giving money away, they’re not making grants, they’re making deals.” — Dr. John McCosker, senior scientist for the California Academy of Sciences

Seacology has shown a steady trajectory of organizational growth with projects located across Africa, the Americas, Europe, the Indian Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, Southeast Asia and Sri Lanka. Since 1991 we've launched 305 projects in 60 countries helping islanders protect 579,700 acres of terrestrial habitat and 760,879 acres of marine habitat containing several critically endangered species. The overwhelming majority of these projects have been completed as planned. Our work has also provided valuable, permanent infrastructure to communities on islands around the world, helping to spur sustainable economic development and cultural preservation. Seacology has an active and engaged board of directors that meets regularly to review progress and approve new initiatives.

Seacology has shown a steady trajectory of organizational growth with projects located across Africa, the Americas, Europe, the Indian Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, Southeast Asia and Sri Lanka. Since 1991 we've launched 305 projects in 60 countries helping islanders protect 579,700 acres of terrestrial habitat and 760,879 acres of marine habitat containing several critically endangered species. The overwhelming majority of these projects have been completed as planned. Our work has also provided valuable, permanent infrastructure to communities on islands around the world, helping to spur sustainable economic development and cultural preservation. Seacology has an active and engaged board of directors that meets regularly to review progress and approve new initiatives.

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Seacology

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

No

BOARD COMPOSITION

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No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No