Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Learning Exchange brings KCSO staff to Pohnpei to learn from CSP

For the second time this year, CSP Education Officers mentored a colleague from another MIC organization. Jason Jack, KCSO new Program Officer went to Pohnpei May 16-22 to learn about the Green Road Show. KCSO will soon start a similar program and as Jason wrote in his evaluation, "The experience was tremendous and it surely will help our organization to grow, especially our educational program." Although Jason arrived during exam week, some schools allowed Ben and Leinsom to do some unscheduled presentations just to show Jason what they do. "The working relationship that we established was incredible. We agreed to contact each other regularly to discuss and update our work." Thank you again CSP for openly share your experience with the MIC members and Ben and Leinsom for being such great mentors! While in Pohnpei, Jason also attended the photography workshop with Nina Naylor (above), which hopefully will help him with the video he is about to shoot about Kosrae's unique Terminalia Forest.

Sunday, May 7, 2006

Two MIC members among the "25 Regional Leaders Who Are Making The Difference" (Pacific Magazine)

The May/June 2006 issue of the Pacific Magazine features 25 regional leaders who are making the difference. Among them there are two MIC members.
Well known Palauan educator, anthropologist and community leader Kathy Kesolei recently established a new venture designed to "facilitate positive change." Kathy Kesolei and Associates (KKA) has a contract with the Palauan government to "facilitate organizational performance by involving all levels of people in strategic planning, group performance commitments and measurements." Kesolei has long been a regional leader in education and community programs. In addition, she holds considerable influence in Palau's traditional leadership structure. In June 2001, Pacific Magazine featured her in a profile of Palau's women leaders and she has continued to show her commitment to the region since then.
If receiving the world's most prestigious award in marine conservation-the Pew Fellowship-hasn't brought Willy Kostka to your attention, the leadership he is about to bring to the Micronesian Conservation Trust certainly will. Having just finished seven years as founder and executive director of the Conservation Society of Pohnpei, Kostka recently accepted a position as the first executive director of the Micronesia Conservation Trust (MCT) (, an organization committed to developing long-term, sustainable funding for biodiversity conservation in Micronesia. Chartered in the Federated States of Micronesia, MCT attracts seed money for core trust funding, as well as pass-through grant money such as that from the Packard Foundation and the Global Environment Facility, the latter of which has committed a minimum of $750,000 annually toward biodiversity efforts in Palau, the FSM and the Marshall Islands.

Monday, May 1, 2006

MIC Media Coordinator launches new regional magazine

At the end of April, MIC Media Coordinator Olivier Wortel announced the launch in June or July of Equator, a new magazine on Micronesian environment and culture. As Olivier wrote in a message to all MIC members, "This is a unique project and certainly a first for the region – a magazine dedicated solely to Micronesia, and focusing almost entirely on the themes of culture and environment. I feel strongly that it will have a positive impact on awareness of the beautiful and unique cultures and environments of our region and the work that we are doing to protect them." Equator will inlcude expressions and input by all sorts of people, of all ages, and across different sectors of society and Oliver feels that "the members of MIC, both collectively and individually, should have a strong stake in the magazine."