Monday, August 13, 2007

Majuro, RMI, Hosts 9th MIC Retreat

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.

The members of MIC were given a great opportunity to hear the stories of conservation work within the Marshall Islands. The MIC welcoming dinner was opened by a speech given by the Vice President of the Marhsall Island – Minister Whitten Phillipo.

Afterwards, members of MIC were given the opportunity to hear about 9 different conservation projects within the Marshall Islands. These stories were real testimonials of the resilience and perseverance of the people of the Marshall Island.

Members of MIC were given the opportunity to hear about conservation work taking place in the Honduras and Nicaragua and the Caribbean. Julio Carcamo, the Director TNC Honduras and Nicaragua program and Stacey Moultrie, the Senior Policy Advisor, Northern Caribbean Program, both attend the retreat.

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.

Stacey gave the group an update on the Caribbean Challenge and gave members of MIC some ideas that the MIC could not only apply to their areas of work, but also towards the Micronesia Challenge.

MIC also gained 4 new members, Angelo Villagomez, Executive Director of the Marianna Islands Nature Alliance (MINA), Saipan; Joseph Aitaro, Palau Protected Areas Network (PAN) Coordinator, Palau; Fabian Iyar, Executive Director, Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC), Palau and Romina King, NOAA Fellow, Guam. These four new members bring to the MIC a wealth of knowledge and experience, as well as a passion and commitment to work with others to find ways to sustain our natural heritage.

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