The Society for Environmental Exploration (SEE) 
was established in 1989 as a non-profit non-governmental organisation (NGO) dedicated to safeguarding biodiversity and ecosystem integrity and building sustainable livelihoods for communities in the world’s poorest countries. We are a member 
of IUCN and have been carrying out scientific research for over 20 years in many of the world's most significant biodiversity hotspots. The aim of our research is always to support biodiversity 
conservation and the development of sustainable livelihoods. 

The monitoring of biodiversity is central to our conservation 
activities. We have provided baseline data in many areas that previously lacked them and we work to monitor changes over time, 
allowing policy makers to see where action is need. Thanks to a regular and committed workforce of 
volunteers and in-country staff, we are able to collate large, comprehensive datasets on biodiversity,
which are vital for the establishment of in-country conservation and management measures. Our work also
includes terrestrial and marine habitat mapping, investigation of the ecology and conservation status of
priority species, environmental education and training, and socio-economic research. We have a long and successful history of involvement in forest conservation and management, artisanal fisheries research,
coastal zone management, wildlife conservation, protected area management and community development. 

Over the last 2 decades we have established and managed projects in marine and terrestrial ecosystems around the world, including parts of Africa, Central America, the South Pacific and South East Asia. In every country of operation we work in collaboration with community groups, government departments, private 
sector companies, international agencies and other NGOs. These collaborations have been widely known 
under the “Frontier” banner and are fundamental to ensuring our work is always locally relevant 
and sustainable.

Our first projects were in Tanzania, one of the world’s poorest countries. Carrying out groundbreaking 
surveys in remote forest, savannah and marine environments, our dedicated field researchers built a comprehensive picture of areas that were formerly ignored, despite being, as we discovered, among the 
most biodiverse areas in the world. We have since undertaken a myriad of conservation projects, all of 
which have striven to combine rigorous biological and conservation studies with community development, capacity building, ecosystem protection, economic growth and the development of civil society.

Our projects are always in partnership with local institutions and community groups and we always aim to
build local capacity and awareness. This multi-faceted mandate reflects our fundamental belief that the
only way to create a mutually-beneficial relationship between man and the environment is to address both
human and environmental needs. 

We have received regular project-specific funding from a range of donors, including the British Government, 
the European Union, the Japanese Development Agency, the Norwegian, Finnish and Danish governments, 
the World Wide Fund for Nature, Conservation International, the Darwin Initiative, the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund and the National Lottery Fund. 

We have launched the careers of hundreds of young UK scientists who have gone on to fill senior positions 
in the conservation sector following completion of field contracts with us.

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SEE’s research programmes are formed of partnerships with local, national and international conservation agencies, NGOs, governments, universities and communities. The expertise and support of these institutions and individuals is fundamental to the success of our work. We are also contracted and funded by
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