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Measuring Impact

Seacology evaluates the impact of our projects through regular field representative verification reports, project photographs, on-site visits, and donor expeditions. Seacology projects are designed to provide tangible "win-win" benefits for the environment and the islanders. We do not engage in the important, though less tangible, areas of scientific research, political lobbying or policy development. By focusing our efforts in this way we ensure that our results are readily measurable.

A villager shows the contract that was made between himself and Seacology agreeing to forego non-sustainable explotation of the Bawangling Nature Reserve, home of the Hainan gibbon (Hainan, China 2005)

Islanders living in small, rural communities too often know the disappointment of unfilled promises. Seacology verifies each stage of the program through our local field representatives who monitor and report on the implementation of our objectives on each island. Through this rigorous verification process, we guarantee that construction and supply projects are completed as promised. If at any stage we feel that a project may not be completed as expected, Seacology staff members will intercede to ensure the most positive outcome for the village community and the local environment.

In addition to Seacology staff visits, Seacology organizes donor trips to visit the community projects. Travelling to project sites helps maintain strong relationships with our island collaborators and ensures our projects are progressing. Visits are a time to communicate and celebrate with the local community, hear directly from the people how our projects are affecting their village, share stories about other Seacology projects throughout the world, and provide feedback and support to field representatives.