Wednesday, August 30, 2006

8th MIC Retreat in Saipan brings together 33 conservation leaders

The 8th Retreat of the Micronesians in Island Conservation (MIC) peer-learning network took place in Saipan August 20-24. Thirty-three conservationists from Micronesia, the US, Australia and the Caribbean met to discuss conservation issues, share information and lessons learned, establish collaborations and learning exchanges and agree on the next steps for the Network. For the first time conservation leaders from Guam and CNMI attended the retreat.
MIC 8th RETREAT PARTICIPANTS (in alphabetical order)
Simpson Abraham - Director, Kosrae Island Resources Management Authority (KIRMA) -- Kosrae, FSM
Dr. Tholman Alik - Board member, Yela Environmental Landowners Authority (YELA) -- Kosrae, FSM
Wayne Andrew - Manager, Helen Reef Resource Management Project (HRRMP) -- Koror, Palau
Lucille Apis-Overhoff - Partnership Specialist, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) Micronesia Program -- Pohnpei, FSM
Jesus Borja - Chairperson, Mariana Island Nature Alliance (MINA) -- Saipan, CNMI
Ricky Carl - Special Assistant Attorney General, Marine Conservation Unit (MCU) -- Pohnpei, FSM
Charles Chieng - Executive Director, Yap Community Action Program (Yap CAP) -- Yap, FSM
Ada Eledui - Director, Department of Conservation and Law Enforcement, Koror State Government -- Koror, Palau
Tina Fillmed - Executive Director, Yap State Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) -- Yap, FSM
Vanessa Fread - Environmental Program Development Officer, Yap Community Action Program (Yap CAP) -- Yap, FSM
Andy George - Executive Director, Kosrae Conservation & Safety Organization (KCSO) -- Kosrae, FSM
Jay Gutierrez - Acting Assistant Chief, Guam Department of Agriculture, Division of Aquatic & Wildlife Resources -- Guam
Tiare Holm - Executive Director, Palau Conservation Society (PCS) -- Koror, Palau
Albon Ishoda - President, Marshall Island Conservation Society (MICS) -- Majuro, RMI
Kathy Kesolei - Facilitator, Kathy Kesolei & Associates -- Koror, Palau
Willy Kostka - Executive Director, Micronesia Conservation Trust (MCT) -- Pohnpei, FSM
Andrzej Kozlowski - Manager, RARE -- USA
Trina Leberer - Marine Consrvation Coordinator, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) Micronesia Program -- Guam
Michael Looker - Director, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) Australia Program -- Australia
Evangeline Lujan - Administrator, Guam Coastal Management Program, Bureau of Statistics and Plans -- Guam
Barry McDonald - Director of Operations, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) Australia Program -- Australia
Susi Menazza Olmsted - MIC Coordinator, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) Micronesia Program -- Pohnpei, FSM
Mary Rose Nakayama - Secretary, Chuuk Conservation Society (CCS) -- Chuuk, FSM
Madison Nena - Chairperson, Kosrae Conservation & Safety Organization (KCSO) -- Kosrae, FSM
Lino Olopai - Board member, Mariana Island Nature Alliance (MINA) -- Saipan, CNMI
Bill Raynor - Director, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) Micronesia Program -- Pohnpei, FSM
Qamar Schuyler - Treasurer, Mariana Island Nature Alliance (MINA) -- Saipan, CNMI
Patterson Shed - Executive Director, Conservation Society of Pohnpei (CSP) -- Pohnpei, FSM
Aaron Sigrah - Chief of Staff, Governor’s Office -- Kosrae, FSM
Jason Spensley - Senior Protected Area Specialis, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) -- USA
Alissa Takesy - FSM Protected Areas Network Coordinator, FSM Department of Economic Affairs -- Pohnpei, FSM
Dr. Spencer Thomas - Economic Policy Adviser, Ministry of Finance -- Grenada
Olivier Wortel - Director, Equator Media Production (EQM) -- Kosrae, FSM

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