What kind of forest protects coastal villages from hurricanes, reduces erosion from rising sea levels, provides a home for baby reef fish, and sequesters more carbon than almost any other kind of ecosystem? Okay, you saw the answer in our headline: mangroves!
Mangrove forests truly are amazing, important ecosystems. But all around the world, they are being destroyed by expanding coastal development and agriculture.
The Dominican Republic is home to spectacular mangrove forests that support a wide array of wildlife. But these vital forests are threatened by rapid development and lax enforcement of environmental regulations.
Seacology and our grassroots conservation partners in the Dominican Republic are working to save them, and we need your help.
Seacology is working with communities around the DR on three ecotourism projects, which both bring in sustainable income and protect key mangrove forests:
- At Montecristi Province, we’re funding a new kayak tourism operation. Local youth are being trained to lead tours through the maze of channels in the dense mangrove forest. Without these new jobs, the youth would probably turn to fishing—increasing pressure on the already-stressed habitat.
- At Oviedo Lagoon, boat operators can now upgrade their equipment, allowing them to lead tours and monitor the area to prevent poaching and logging.
- At Las Garitas, on the shores of Samaná Bay, we’re funding an eco-friendly trail and boardwalk through the mangroves to facilitate birding, field trips for students, and other ecotourism activities.
Your support will strengthen all three of these projects and help our local partner organizations introduce locals and visitors alike to these beautiful and unique habitats. The $10,000 we hope to raise will pay for basic equipment and structures to get these enterprises off the ground, including:
- A bridge so visitors can get into the mangrove forest at Las Garitas
- A sheltered gathering area for tour groups
- Waterproof bird-identification cards for tour boat operators at Montecristi and Oviedo Lagoon
- Waterproof bags for tourists’ valuables
- Equipment for moving and storing kayaks
- Life jackets for kayak and tour boat operators and passengers.
What's in it for YOU?
All donors who give $25 or more will be listed in Seacology’s newsletter and on our website. We’re also offering the following gifts to donors:
- For $30, a copy of the mangrove forest wildlife identification card
- For $60, the mangrove identification card plus a Seacology shirt
- For $100, a card, shirt and a Seacology tote bag
We work with island communities to protect island habitats and cultures. Communities agree to protect local habitats, and we provide funds for something the community needs, such as a school, clinic, or help developing sustainable livelihoods. Since 1991, we’ve launched 311 projects on islands in 60 countries and protected approximately 1.3 million acres of some of the world’s most vulnerable ecosystems.
In 2018, Seacology earned four stars from Charity Navigator and the Platinum Seal of Transparency from Guidestar, the highest rating from each service. These recognitions reflect our strong commitment to transparency and careful stewardship of our supporters’ contributions.