Friday, February 3, 2006
Founding member Willy Kostka wins the world’s most prestigious award in marine conservation
MIC founding member and executive director of the Conservation Society of Pohnpei (CSP) Willy Kostka is one of five awardees of the 2006 Pew Fellowship, the world's most prestigious award in marine conservation. “In the tradition of the Pew Fellows, Willy Kostka’s leadership in island-based conservation, including establishing marine protected areas and integrated watershed management, has distinguished him as a pioneer of marine conservation, discovering new solutions for protecting and preserving our oceans worldwide,” says Ellen Pikitch, Ph.D., executive director of the Pew Institute for Ocean Science. Willy will conduct a three-year conservation project to establish networks of protected areas in the Micronesian region. The Pew Institute for Ocean Science "strives to undertake, sponsor, and promote world-class scientific activity aimed at protecting the world's oceans and the species that inhabit them."