Friday, February 29, 2008

Chuuk Conservation Society Needs an Executive Director

Chuuk Conservation Society

‘Protecting and preserving our natural resources
to sustain community livelihoods by working with
community partners’

Board Of Directors:
Christina Stinnett
Vice-Chairman: Joakim Peter
Treasurer: Martha Kanas
Members: Ismael Mikel, Julita Albert, Romio Osiena

29 February 2008

To: General Public

From: Chuuk Conservation Society (CCS)

Subject: Job Opening for Executive Director

The Chuuk Conservation Society is a chartered non-government organization dedicated to preserving and protecting Chuuk’s natural environment. The Executive Director will be responsible for setting goals, budgeting and building an integrated marine and terrestrial conservation program for the organization. The Executive Director will supervise all CCS staff, and work closely with the CCS Board and staff to ensure the development of a strong program. The Executive Director will be responsible for recruiting and leading a team of outstanding staff, assisting with fundraising efforts, undertaking financial and grants management oversight and resolving program administrative issues. The position will be based in Chuuk and will involve some travel in the immediate region and to the US for meetings and fundraising.

To Apply:
Submit a Cover Letter
A Detailed Resume
3 Letters of Reference

Submit To:
Chuuk Conservation Society (CCS)
P.O Box 222 Chuuk, FM 96942

Closing Date:
April 1, 2008 (Tuesday)

For more information, please call the office at 330 7227 or 930 4430.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

10th MIC Retreat to be Held in Guam

Every nine months the members of MIC get togther for a one week retreat. The retreats take place in different locations with 5 of Micronesian jurisdictions: the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Common Wealth of the Nothern Marianas and the Terriotory of Guam.
MIC's main tool are the retreats. Leaders meet to review progress on their goals, share lesson learned and identify issues for collaboration at the local, national and regional levels. It also gives the members a chance to share organizational best practices.
The 10th MIC Retreat will be in Guam, from the 14th -17th of April 2008, at the Marriott Resort & Spa.
To obtain a copy of the agenda, please contact Mae Bruton Adams at

SEM-Pasifika Traning to be Held In RMI

Socioeconomic Monitoring in the Pacific Region (SEM-Pasifika) Training

*Background: *SEM-Pasifika is a set of community-based socioeconomic monitoring guidelines developed specifically for the Pacific incorporates indicators used by the Locally Managed Marine Areas (LMMA) Network, The Secretariat of the Pacific Community, and the Global Socioeconomic Monitoring Initiative (SocMon) into a user-friendly format. This training program will be held in three parts: a training workshop held in May 2008, on-site implementation, and follow-up technical assistance to be provided at the end of 2008. The program is facilitated through a partnership with Micronesians in Island Conservation (MIC) the Pacific Islands Marine Protected Areas Community (PIMPAC), the South Pacific Environment Programme (SPREP), the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). **

*Dates of training workshop:* May 5-9, 2008

*Location of training workshop:* Republic of the Marshall Islands

*Participants*- We have funding available for one representative from each of the following areas: Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, CNMI, Marshall Islands, Palau, Chuuk, Yap, Kosrae, Pohnpei.

*We’re asking each jurisdiction to nominate one representative and to provide a completed application package for that person by Friday, March 14, 2008. The application form is attached. If you have any questions about the training program or the application process, please contact Christy Loper at <>. *

MIC Measures Meeting

For a long time a few members of the MIC Steering Committee and I continued to ask ourselves “How is MIC doing?” There seemed to be a disconnect between the institutional goals that the MIC Members were creating and the overall goals of MIC and the MIC Measures.

In January 2008, Mary Rose Nakayama, Conservation Environment Protection Program Manager, Alissa Takesy, FSM Protected Areas Network Coordinator, Angelo Villagomez, Executive Director, Marianas Island Nature Alliance and I made our first attempt at creating a reporting format for the MIC Members that would link the Country/State Reports to the MIC Measures. (To keep this update short) although it was a great first attempt, the reporting format would have been shunned by members due to the amount of time it would take to complete.

Realizing that we needed a bit more help we asked a long time MIC Friend and creator, Audrey Newman, TNC Senior Advisor to the Asia Pacific Region, to come and give us a hand. Audrey being true to form, did not hesitate to come out to Pohnpei for a week to assist us with our measures. This is what we came up with:

1. Network effectiveness
2. Diversity
3. Leader Satisfaction
4. Cost-effectiveness
5. Organizational effectiveness
6. Effectively managed conservation sites
-effective conservation practices (via scorecard, CAP or equivalent)
-threat reduction
-biodiversity health
The top four (1-4) measures are to be monitored by the MIC Coordinator and the last 2 measures (5-6) by the MIC Members themselves. It is the intention of the MIC Steering Committee to have measures that would not add more work for the members, but rather complimented their work.

If you would like more detailed information on the measures, please email Mae Bruton Adams at

TNC Human Resources Helps MCT

Jan Eber, TNC Hawaii Program and Sharon Lewis, TNC Washington, came to Pohnpei to assit MCT with an organizational chart and with Human Resource Management Training. The training lasted two and a half days and were broken up into 12 modules.
Module One: Review of MCT structure -- in this module the participants reviewd the current structure of MCT and evalutaed the current structure and explored alternative models.
Module Two: Workforce Planning -- This module proved an overiew of the workforce planning model at TNC. Components of the workforce planning were explored and participants discussed and identified components for further development. Topics included:
-sourcing and staffing
- performance management
- professional development
- management and leadership
- succession planning
Module Three: Position reviews and job description -- Participants reviewd current positions within MCT and their alignment with the overall structure and mission of the organization. participants explored the components of job discriptions and created a template for MCT. A job analysis was conducted for each position and a job description created and evaluated.
Module Four: Compensation -- Current compensation structure and decsion making was reviwed and alternate methedologies were discussed. Definitions included: broad-banding, market based, grades and ranges, and benefits. Overview of TNC approach and discussion of internal equity and individual equity.
Module Five: Sourcing and staffing -- Reviewed current staffing strategies and onboarding. Explored best practices for recruiting and hiring staff.
Module Six: Performance Management -- Reveiwed how MCT currently handles performance management . Discussed the performance management lifesycle. Looked at evaluations and how these might be improved. Discussed methedologies and how perfromance links to pay. Acitivities included setting objectives, metrics, completing fair and accurate evaluations.
Module Seven: Employee development -- Define professional development, write professional development objectives and discuss ow this impacts retention and employee satisfaction.
Module Eight: Managning effectively -- General discussion and approaches for increasing employee satisfaction and engagement. How to handle difficult employee situations and create guidelines for termination.
Module Nine: Succession planning -- This module covered how succession planning worked, and might work within MCT. They identified critical skills the Trust should be looking for and develope for the years ahead. They reviewed different models and discussed how a succession plan can be developed and implemented at MCT.
Module Ten: Legal/Compliance issues -- Identified the local FSM laws that impact the Trust and plan how compliance and legal requirments are best reviewed and audited.
Module Eleven: Employee manual -- create an employee manual
Module Twelve: Operations -- Review general operations within MCT. Created a process flow chart as template to be used for other process evaluations.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Kosrae is a small, mostly undeveloped island in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). The 42 square mile island supports a diverse number of intact and pristine ecosystems both under and above the sea. One such ecosystem is the Yela forest and its watershed. Yela is a freshwater swamp forest just above the mangrove line that supports the last Ka (Terminalia carolinensis) forest in the world. Such forests were once found on several islands in Micronesia but due to harvest and development extensive stands of Ka have disappeared.

The Yela forest is owned by 10 families committed to conservation who have organized themselves as a non-profit organization named Yela Environmental Landowners Authority (YELA). YELA’s Executive Director, Dr. Tholman Alik, approached The Nature Conservancy and others and asked for assistance in developing a plan for protection of this unique forest and the watershed that supports it.

One option for protection is to establish a conservation easement over Yela which prevents development and other activities inconsistent with the conservation values in perpetuity. Conservation easements are a legal tool in the United States that maintain property in the landowner’s possession while protecting defined ecological values. Essentially the landowner relinquishes the right to develop the property into homes, buildings, and roads forever. Only a non-profit or government entity can purchase and hold the conservation easement. If the landowner sells the property, the conservation easement still encumbers or follows the land.

The Nature Conservancy’s easement specialist, Mike Conner, visited Kosrae in October to educate YELA about easements and to build local support for the concept. Conservation easements are not established in the FSM legal system, therefore, another element of the trip was to gauge the interest and ability of the state to establish this legal tool for all of FSM. Support for the concept was overwhelmingly positive and a partnership to protect YELA and establish conservation easements was conceived. The newly established partnership consists of:

· Kosrae Governor Weilbacher
· Attorney General JD Lee
· Kosrae Island Resource Management Authority, Director, Simpson Abraham
· Kosrae Conservation & Safety Organization, Executive Director, Andy George
· USDA Forest Service, Katie Friday
· Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Integrated Forestry Expert, Eva Gonnermann
· YELA Executive Director, Tholman Alik
· TNC’s Bill Raynor, Sean Austin, Jeff Benz, Mae Adams, Ricky Carl, Fred Annand and Mike Conner

Together the partnership has created a road map of actions that we hope will result in both the establishment of 1) a conservation easement protecting Yela in perpetuity and 2) a new legal tool for conservation in the FSM. It is an ambitious goal but one that we feel can be attained based on the strength and commitment of the individuals that comprise the partnership. Stay tuned….!