Thursday, September 11, 2008

Just One of Many Reasons for Conservation Work

There are so many reason to do conservatoin work. Often times we talk about preserving the biodiversity of the plant; or how crucial a health environment is to the stability of the world markets; then we get stories about children spending time enjoying nature. When I look into the eyes of the future, I am driven to do my part to leave the future generations a healthy plant.

Allois Malfatani is co-owner of the Pohnpei Surf Club. On occassion he takes time out of his busy schedule to teach children how to surf. Allois has also been involved in conservation activities in Pohnpei doing volunteer work with the Conservation Society of Pohnpei. He sent me this message (with pictures).
In most places around the world, surfing lessons take place on a beach, with long soft rolling waves, onto a white sandy beach. Not in Pohnpei, but that was not an obstacle for the kids who attended the Pohnpei Surf Club Surf Day for Kids at Nahlap Island Resort on 30th of August.

All kids had an introduction to surfboards on flat water learning how to paddle, sit on the surfboards, they got towed around on top of some fun water toys and when the tide got high enough to cover the reef, all kids hit the surf!

Around 30 kids had no problem with the absence of the white sandy beach or dealing with the shallow and sharp reef on the inside where the waves were breaking. All had fun and some potential champions were spotted.

The Pohnpei Surf Club would like to give thanks to all participants who came along, the volunteers who helped and Nahlap Island Resort for providing us with the location for the event.

Micronesia Challenge: Turning Vision into Action

Leading the World in Island and Coral Reef Conservation To recognize the tremendous progress by the government of Palau over the past two years towards fulfilling their Micronesia Challenge commitments, The Nature Conservancy presented the country with the first $1 million check to launch a regional Micronesia Challenge Endowment to help sustainably finance the Challenge.

This is part of the Conservancy’s $3 million commitment made at the outset of the Challenge — a commitment by five Micronesian governments to effectively conserve 30% of their near-shore marine resources and 20% of their terrestrial resources by 2020.

The Conservancy's pledge was matched by Conservation International. Palau and its partner governments have already leveraged these commitments to raise an additional $6 million in funding from the Global Environment Facility as well as other agencies, organizations and governments towards a target of $100 million for the endowment.

Along with this fundraising success, Palau is poised to become the first developing country in the world to create a nationwide, financially self-sustaining Protected Areas Network (PAN) that will truly benefit nature and people. President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. signed legislation to establish this network and ensure its long-term management by instituting a visitor’s fee that will generate approximately $1.6 million annually for the PAN.

As the founding co-chair of the growing Global Island Partnership, Palau and President Remengesau are setting a new standard for tangible conservation action and keeping the Micronesia Challenge at the forefront of island and coral reef conservation worldwide.
As President Remengesau’s eight years in office comes to an end in January, the Conservancy invites all involved with the Micronesia Challenge and the Global Island Partnership to join us in applauding his exemplary leadership — and to renew our own resolve to work together to fulfill the precedent-setting commitments made by these five visionary Micronesian governments — the Republic of Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the U.S. Territory of Guam, and the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Learn more about the progress of the Micronesia Challenge as well as the initiatives it sparked around the world with the help of the Global Island Partnership, including the Caribbean Challenge and the Coral Triangle Initiative.
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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

CSP Equator Prize Winner

Conservation Society of Pohnpei has been chosen by the Equator Initiative’s Technical Advisory Committee as one of 25 outstanding winners of the Equator Prize 2008.
Patterson Shed, executive director of CSP will be travelling to Spain to recieve the award on CSP's behalf.