Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Learning Exchange PCS-CSP a success

Environmental Educator Yalap Yalap from the Palau Conservation Society (PCS) traveled to Pohnpei February 6-11 on an MIC Learning Exchange to learn about the Green Road Show (GRS), the successfull environemental education program for elementary school students that the Conservation Society of Pohnpei (CSP) started in 2002. Yalap's mentors were CSP Environmental Educators Ben Namakin and Leinsom Neth. "It was a match made in heaven," Yalap wrote in his evaluation form. Now Yalap is now working to start the Ridge to Reef Road Show in Palau in September 2006 and thanks to another learning exchange, Ben will join him in Palau to help PCS launch the program.The exchange made Ben and Leinsom realized that mentoring other organizations is a powerful way to further conservation in Micronesia and offered to help other MIC Members develop their educational programs.

Tuesday, February 7, 2006

Tiare Holm is officially a member of MIC

The Board of Directors of the Palau Conservation Society (PCS) has given full support for Tiare Holm's MIC membership. Tiare is PCS Executive Director and has more than 10 years of experience managing conservation programs in Palau and the Pacific Islands region. She has worked with both government and NGOs at the local, regional and international levels including the Palau Environmental Quality Protection Board (EQPB), the South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and RARE Center for Tropical Conservation.
Welcome Tiare!

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."