Thursday, March 2, 2006
Through a Learning Exchange sponsored by the MIC Network, Willy Kostka (Director, Conservation Society of Pohnpei) and Bill Raynor (Director, The Nature Conservancy Micronesia Program) traveled to the FSM state of Chuuk February 26-29 with TNC Coda Fellow Robb Johnson to facilitate a strategic planning session for the newly established Chuuk Conservation Society (CCS). CCS is the first conservation organization in Chuuk, the most populous state of the Federation and MIC members played an active role in starting the organization. With the help of Bill, Robb and Willy, CCS has now developed an Integrated Financial and Strategic Plan for the year 2006 and 2007 that the Board of Directors has already approved.
Wednesday, March 1, 2006
After spending several weeks reviewing documents and interviewing more than 40 MIC stakeholders -- MIC current and former members, alumni, facilitators, and TNC staff directly or indirectly involved in the creation and development of the network -- the MIC Review Team (Bruce Boyd, Lucille Apis-Overhoff, Jason Spensley, Arianne Lowe and team leader Ian Dutton) met in Guam February 17-20 and then flew to Pohnpei to work on the first draft of the Report. The final report will be ready in late April.