Our partner The Coral Islands (TCIL), operating in the Conflict Islands of Milne Bay in Papua New Guinea, has, since CICI's conception, been an integral to support, growing and enable CICI to perform their conservation activities.
TCI hosts the conservation, education and research initiatives in the Conflict Islands, and provides accommodation, food, transport, equipment, facilities and infrastructure.
At the peak of conservation TICL season employees over 18 dedicated staff to deliver initiatives to provide training and education to interns and volunteers, as well as local community and run the conservation efforts in country.
Supporting local communities with marine education programs and donations received from cruise ship activities TCIL endeavors to promote local participation from the community at all levels.
Sea Shepherd has expanded its international marine conservation efforts, launching a new collaboration with Conflict Islands Conservation Initiative (CICI) to protect critically endangered turtles from poaching in the Conflict Islands, Papua New Guinea (PNG).
About the Collaboration
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CICI has been unable to run their volunteer program and community outreach, resulting in a lack of funding to pay for rangers to protect the turtles and the thousands of eggs they will produce between November 2020 and February 2021.
As part of the anti-poaching campaign, Sea Shepherd will provide the funding that will allow for the recruitment of a team of eight rangers from the local community. These rangers will patrol the atoll’s 21 islands from poaching turtles during turtle nesting season 2020-21.
"Sea Shepherd is best known for our boots on the ground approach. However, we also fill voids and in this case, there is a group on the ground defending turtles. Due to COVID-19 there is a lack of funding and they need help so we, along with our supporters, become the enablers."
- Sea Shepherd Australia's Managing Director, Jeff Hansen
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Animal Assist is quite simply the culmination of years of successful fundraising, donor relations and advocacy roles. Casey has an unabated drive to support the front line in conservation and animal welfare. Over many years volunteering in animal welfare, both on home soil and in developing countries, she has gained a unique insight into the most effective ways to provide that support.
Being able to join forces with an experienced, passionate and motivated "dream team" ensures she is able to continue to evolve and to impact successfully and she is so happy to be sharing the journey with you!
P&O is a major sponsor of everything we do here at CICI. Some of the great things we have been able to achieve
trained 17 Papua New Guinea Women to be PADI Divers 2020
High quality pumps from Australia for our turtle nursery
Educational info-graphic sign boards for our turtle nursery
SolarBuddy is an Australian based charity, uniting a global community committed to creating a sustainable future for all people and our planet. Through engagement in their advocacy programs, they aim to gift 6 million lights to children living in energy poverty by 2030, to help them to study after dusk and improve their education outcomes.
Days for Girls is a nonprofit organization that prepares and distributes sustainable menstrual health solutions to girls who would otherwise miss school during their monthly periods.
Together we distribute these to the young women and girls of Milne Bay Province and our partner communities.