Thursday, July 27, 2006

Marshalls for the first time invited to join MIC

Albon Ishoda, President of the Marshall Islands Conservation Society (MICS) is the first conservation leader from the Republic of the Marshall Islands to be invited to a MIC retreat. Based in Majuro, MICS helps the Marshallese to manage and protect their 34 atolls and islands and to use their resources sustainably.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Two new potential members from Yap at the retreat

For the first time in four years MIC member have nominated potential new members from the FSM state of Yap. Tina Fillmed, acting Executive Director of Yap State EPA, and Vanessa Fread, Project Manager for the NGO Yap Community Action Program (YapCAP) will participate in the Saipan retreat. Current MIC members from Yap are YapCAP Executive Director Charles Chieng and Margie Falanruw from the Yap Institute of Natural Science.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Secretary of YELA Group at the MIC retreat

Dr. Tholman Alik, Secretary of Kosrae's Yela Environmental Landowners Authority (YELA) has accepted the invitation to join the MIC members in Saipan. The mission of the YELA group is "to protect the world’s only remaining Ka forest (Terminalia carolinensis)" through the mitigation of road building efforts and ultimately, through full conservation of the forest and surrounding areas. A few years ago the Ka forest was identified as a Priority Action Area of Biological Significance during the assessment of biodiversity in the Federated States of Micronesia. The YELA group is formed by the 13 families that own the forest.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

FSM PAN Coordinator accepts invitation to MIC retreat

Alissa Takesy, the first Protected Area Network (PAN) Coordinator for the Federated States of Micronesia will join the MIC members at the August retreat. Alissa, who is based at the FSM Department of Economic Affairs, will help facilitate the session on the Micronesia Challenge.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

New CSP Director will join MIC members at the Retreat

Patterson Shed, since March 2006 new Executive Director of the Conservation Society of Pohnpei (CSP), has accepted the invitation to join the MIC members at the Saipan Retreat. Patterson has replaced Willy Kostka - one of the founding members of the MIC Network - who is now leading the Micronesia Conservation Trust (MCT.)

Sunday, July 9, 2006

MIC provides Board Training for KCSO and UWMP in Kosrae

At the end of June, Kosrae’s MIC members Andy George, Executive Director of the Kosrae Conservation and Safety Organization (KCSO), and Madison Nena, Chairman of the Board of both KCSO and Utwe-Walung Marine Park, requested Board Development Training for their organizations.MIC Coordinator Susi Olmsted travel to Kosrae – the easternmost state of the Federated States of Micronesia – July 3-6 for the training. Some twelve board members from both organizations attended the half-day session at the Kosrae Village Resort. During the training both organizations decided to undertake a number of measures to improve the effectiveness of their boards.

Saturday, July 1, 2006

MIC member inspires conservation leaders in the Caribbean

MIC member Willy Kostka, director of the Micronesia Conservation Trust (MCT) participated in the Caribbean Workshop on Protected Area design and management, held in Miami, USA, from June 20-22. There he “inspired government and civil society conservation leaders throughout the Caribbean” say the organizers. Willy was the keynote speaker at the opening gala dinner, attended by approximately 100 participants, including notable guests such as the Minister of Forestry and Fisheries of Bahamas and Dr. Spencer Thomas, Grenada’s Permanent Secretary of Finance. His opening address was introduced by Jason Spensley, (TNC global protected areas staff member and a member of the recent MIC review team) who says that “Willy opened his address a little nervous, but quickly got into it, with his personable and charismatic self. At the end of his address, the audience immediately jumped to their feet and gave him a raucous standing ovation, in the passionate Caribbean style.”Willy shared the experience of the emerging Micronesia Challenge, and in doing so "inspired and shared know-how with Caribbean leaders about the high potential value of a regional challenge." During the workshop Willy also made a presentation about MIC, which he portrayed as "a strong example of how to strengthen know-how of conservation leaders, through peer knowledge sharing, networking, and exchange, in a regional small island context.” As the organizers wrote, "Thank you so much to Willy's organization, TNC-Micronesia programme, and MIC for enabling this to happen!”