Tuesday, June 1, 2010

FSM’s Joe Konno passes away

ALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSMIS) — Family members, friends and colleagues mourn the sudden death of Joe Konno who passed away in Guam on the night of May 24.

Konno was transiting in Guam on his way to attend a climate change conference in New Zealand. An autopsy report has been released for information to Konno’s family. However, the results have not yet been released to the public.

Konno is survived by his wife, Cely Konno, and his five children: Joseph Konno Jr., Vanessa, Jacob, Roxanne and Norma.

Konno was an acknowledged expert on environmental issues and worked tirelessly advising stakeholders regarding the impacts of climate change on our country.

After working for 10 years as the executive director and international advisor of the Chuuk Environmental Protection Agency, Konno moved with his family to Pohnpei in 2007, to work as the FSM 2nd national communication coordinator with the Office of Environment and Emergency Management.

“Joe Konno was a pillar of strength in the areas of environment in the FSM, Micronesia and Oceania. He is going to be truly missed here in Pohnpei and the region — with his big grin following an unpardoned and a genuine shot at issues; may his soul rest in peace,” said Amena Yauvoli, from the Pohnpei Office of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.

A Mass was held on May 28 at a Catholic Church, coordinated by EEM and Micronesia Seminar. The remains of Konno will be transported to Chuuk where a final funeral service will be held.

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The Helambu and Langtang regions are less striking but conveniently close to Kathmandu, attracting a little fewer than ten percent of trekkers. The Langtang valley trek & the Ganja-La pass are known trails in this area. This leaves vast areas of eastern and far western Nepal relatively untrodden by visitors. To hike in these areas you’ll need either to get set for camping and carry your own supplies, and live like a local, or pay to join an organized trek with tents and accept the compromises that go along with that.
With a good operator, you can anywhere in the wild. A Great Himalayan Trail now runs the length of highland Nepal – though it will be for some time, if ever, before such a route will be serviced by lodges.
Treks in remote far eastern and far western Nepal are mostly restricted to two kinds of globe trotters, both adventurous in their own way. The majority come on organized camping treks with agencies – in fact, this is obligatory for those areas that require a permit. The minority are independent trekkers prepared either to carry tents and food or negotiate with porters, or to seek food and lodging in local homes and basic lodges. Some great camping outdoors include the Manaslu circuit Trek, Upper Mustang trek the Dhaulagiri circuit, Rara lake trek and the great Kangchenjunga trek, both north and south.