Wednesday, September 23, 2009

MIC Has A New Home & A New Coordinator

After 9 years with the Nature Conservancy the Micronesians in Island Conservation (MIC) Network, has found a new home. On July 1st, 2009, MIC transitioned to the care of the Micronesia Conservation Trust (MCT). MCT is a regional organization which was set up to support biodiversity conservation and related sustainable development for the people of Micronesia. MCT is the only Micronesia-based organization set up to provide long-term, sustained funding to community-based organizations and other non-governmental organizations through a grants program. With MIC’s assistance, MCT will also be able to provide capacity building and organizational effectiveness support and training.

MIC will undergo a slight change while it is with MCT -- the coordination of MIC will also include the coordination of the Pacific Islands Managed Protected Areas Community (PIMPAC) which is co-coordinated by a representative of NOAA and MCT.

Also on August 24th, 2009, Isao Fran, Jr. became the new MIC Coordinator. Isao, was born on the island of Pingelap a small outer island of Pohnpei, but spent much of his youth and adult life on Pohnpei Proper. Isao attended Xavier High School, in Sapuk Chuuk and later continued his studies at Seattle Central Community College and Washington State University, where he majored in Political Science.

In 1993 Isao worked as a paralegal in a Private Law Office for about a year. In 1994 Isao joined the Peace Corps team and has spent the last fifteen years working for Peace Corps Micronesia as the Coordinator/In-Country Resource Manger, then as the Training Director and most recently as the Language and Cross Culture Coordinator.

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