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A non-profit organization based in Berkeley, California, Seacology works to preserve natural habitats and island cultures. It all started in 1990 when American ethnobotanist Dr. Paul Cox was doing research in Samoa. Falealupo villagers were selling logging rights to their rainforests to build a school. Dr. Cox raised money for them in return for a promise to preserve their precious rainforests, and Seacology was born.

Since then, the association has launched more than 380 projects, from preserve sea turtles in Indonesia at protection of mangroves in Kenya. The projects provide a community benefit, such as livelihood training or providing infrastructure such as an ecotourism center or solar panels. This makes residents engaged in conservation work and empowers them.

Seacology also runs ecotourism travel programs, where a small group can visit a project, stay at a luxury resort, and experience its unique host environment. A expedition to the philippines is slated for December for $1,500 and up. Stay at Buceo Anilao Beach and Dive Resort and beyond diving and snorkeling, visit a Seacology project and hear from marine and island conservation experts.

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