Monday, December 17, 2007
Freda Paiva, Conservation Research Assistant, and Annisah Sapul, Community Conservation Specialist, from the TNC Kimbe Field Office and Mae Bruton Adams, MIC Coordinator, TNC Micronesia Program, spent 1 week in Galahi, attending the first SEM-Pasifika Training of the trainers workshop.
The objective of the workshop was to build the capacity of the participants as SEM-Pasifika trainers, to provide participants with methodologies and procedures on socioeconomic monitoring, based on the SEM-Pasifika; and finally to receive input on the SEM-Pasfika draft.
The workshop was a success in many ways. It not only provide the trainees with tools to successfully implement a socioeconomic monitoring projects and allowed the participants to provide feedback on the SEM-Pasifika, but it created a greater appreciation of socioeconomic monitoring and its importance in the improvement of site management. It also fostered an opportunity for the participants to learn from the participants and their areas of work. It created an atmosphere of learning for each of the participants as they shared their experiences in their areas of work, as well as provided an occasion to develop ties to foster networks amongst the different agencies. SEM-Pasifika training also provided an opening for future cross training activities between TNC staff in the Micronesia and Melanesia programs.
The workshop was held in Galahi, Papua New Guinea, following a regional conference on conservation and the communities. Attendees hailed from Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, Hawaii, Fiji, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Papua NewGuinea, Solomon Islands and Indonesia. Seven Paupa New Guinea local community members also joined the training from our field sites of Bwasitau, Sawasawaga and Sunaleilei villages.
(The pictures were taken by Michael Guilbeaux, CCN)
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
1. Protect the cultural and natural resources of our communities by establishing an initial framework for a state-wide protected/managed area network.
2. Build the effectiveness and accountability of CCS by providing the necessary tools and resources to carry out its mission.
CCS May be a new organization but it has already established good working relationships with numerous key partners who share the same vision for effective environmental conservation/protection. Its Board includes members from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Marine Resources (DMR), Chuuk Women Council (CWC), College of Micronesia-FSM (COM-FSM), and other community-based organizations.
Monday, August 13, 2007
On June 5th, 2007, the Micronesians in Island Conservation held their 9th MIC Retreat, inMajuro. The Retreat was from the 5th to the 8th of June.
Julio shared his experiences with conservation in countries with extreme poverty. Although Julio’s area of work was oceans away, the members of MIC could relate.
In November 2006 the Pohnpei invasive species team produced simple, realistic multi-agency action plans for priority invasive species that were seen as a model by other invasive species groups in the region. The activity was facilitated by Lucille Apis- Overhoff of the TNC, Pohnpei office, who offered to assist other countries in the sub-region to carry out the same activity. The offer was taken up by Kosrae State and the Marshall Islands, and recognizing the value of coordination, the MIC and Pacific Invasives Learning Network (PILN) coordinators came together with Lucille Apis Overhoff of the TNC to facilitate the workshops.
An invasive species strategic action planning workshop was held from 25 – 26 April 2007 in Kosrae state, hosted by the Department of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries, Tofol. For Kosrae this is the first multi-agency workshop focused on invasive species to be held, and the formation of a Kosrae invasive species taskforce (KIST) along the model of the Pohnpei one seen as one of the most useful outputs of the workshop.
The newly established KIST identified 6 thematic areas of concern for invasive species management in Kosrae State: Funding, Public awareness, Commitment, Capacity building, Coordination, and Policy and Legislation. Longer-term strategic goals and objectives have been established for each thematic area. KIST identified three species of terrestrial plant for immediate priority action in the current and next financial years, Mikania micrantha mile-a-minute vine (Mah Tepat), Luceana sp. tree (Tangantangan) and Ischaemum sp. grass (Mah Sacnsrihk). Marine invasive species are recognised as important and flagged for future action.
The KIST Strategic Action Plan establishes goals, objectives, activities, collaborators, timeframe, funding sources and estimated costs for control of these three species. Work plans have been developed to address these terrestrial plants, linked to the KIST mission, and carry through to the end of 2008.
Following this, an invasive species strategic action planning workshop was held from 3 – 4 May 2007 in the Marshall Islands. As with Kosrae, the formation of a Marshall Islands invasive species taskforce (MIIST) was seen as one of the most useful outputs of the workshop.
The newly established MIIST identified four thematic areas of concern for invasive species management in the Republic of the Marshall Islands: Education, Public Awareness and Research, Funding and Resources, Prioritisation, Planning and Collaboration, and Legislation. Longer-term strategic goals and objectives have been established for each thematic area. MIIST identified three areas for immediate priority action in the current and next financial years: ants, a package of 10 terrestrial weeds, and marine threats, including ballast water. Insect pests and diseases to breadfruit, urban rats and feral pigeons are recognised as important and flagged for future action.
The MIIST Strategic Action Plan establishes goals, objectives, activities, collaborators, timeframe, funding sources and estimated costs for control of these three areas. Work plans have been developed to address these terrestrial plants, linked to the MIIST mission, and carry through to the end of 2008.
“If you fail to plan you plan to fail”
“If you are prepared you have already won half the battle”
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
My Mom is an American from the East Coast and my Dad is a Chamorro from Saipan. Although I was born here, I left Saipan when I was 3 years old. I visited a few times over the years, but I can't say that I ever lived here until recently.
This is where I lived just a little over a year ago:
Don’t you just love Japan?
After 24 years living in the US, England, and Japan, I returned to Saipan last April to work on a coral reef outreach project with the Marianas Resource Conservation & Development Council. The goal of the year long project is to involve the local community, especially coral reef stakeholders, in the management of our coral reefs. I also help coordinate an environmental coalition of government, community groups, businesses, and individuals called Beautify CNMI! I am the Chairman of the Beautify CNMI! Restoration Committee. The Restoration Committee plants trees, cleans up litter and illegal dumpsites, and restores hiking trails, and natural, historical, and tourist sites.
I received my Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Richmond in 2000. College was so much fun that I went a second time. I received my second Bachelors in Environmental Policy from Rollins College in 2004. At Rollins College I was the 2004 Environmental Studies Student of the Year.
In my spare time I practice with the CNMI Men’s National Soccer Team, SCUBA dive, promote the We Love Saipan Network, and post to my blog, The Saipan Blog.
Sunday, March 25, 2007
MIC Media Coordinator Olivier Wortel is the new Grant Writer for the FSM National Government. In the letter sent to all four state Governors, FSM department/agency/office heads, to the various Ambassadors to the FSM stationed in Pohnpei, as well as the FSM Congress announcing the hiring, President Urusemal stated that it is time to "more actively pursue, organize, implement and monitor a cohesive program of external aid outside of Compact funds."
Discussing his new role, Olivier has stated: "I specifically include NGO's alongside the government in the potential collaborative process and participation in and access to the grant writing and international Aid Coordination Unit that I am a part of. I am certainly available and open to ideas from all of the MIC group in this capacity."
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Mrs. Mae M. Bruton Adams brings to the position a wealth of experience from previous work at the Federated States of Micronesian (FSM) Mission to the United Nations, the Reich and Tang Unit Investment Trust in New York, and recently as the French Honorary Consul to the FSM for the last 4 years. Mae is a bright, energetic and enthusiastic Micronesian who was born in the US and raised in the FSM state of Chuuk. She currently lives in Pohnpei with her husband and four young children. She is a great addition to MIC and The Nature Conservancy Micronesia Team.
Susi Menazza Olmsted, MIC Coordinator for the last two years, will leave Micronesia in May for Eastern Europe to be closer to her family. She will continue working for TNC on project involving the Global Island Partnership.
Mae Adams holding her youngest child, daughter Ke'avae.