Friday, 28 September 2012

KCSO with the members of the Kosrae Climate Change team selected Malem community as the target group since this community is at the planning stage of developing their MPA management plan just to incorporate the climate change aspect into consideration for their management plan. The August 20, 2012, workshop was attended by approximately 28 people (community members and KCC). 
    The members from the community representing different groups in the community including Church groups, Women’s group, Malem Youth Council, Senior Citizens, Office of the Mayor and Council. The workshop identified the natural resource target, climate threats, non-climate threats through break-out groups. There were three different groups during the workshop. The groups also did an exercise that shows how important the natural resources are, the level of dependency on the natural resources, its current status, trend, management agencies and activities implemented and the level of effectiveness to the natural resources.
    The participants were able to discuss some of the potential adaptation strategies that would help to minimize both climate and non-climate threats identified during the workshop. Overall, the training program went well. The plan itself will be drafted to include all the information, issues, and strategies discussed during the workshop.
    Follow-up meetings were held August 27, September 17, and September 27, 2012.

Saturday, 22 September 2012

From  Kosrae has become the first member of the Federated States of Micronesia to establish shark protections in its waters. The unanimous vote by the legislature in Kosrae, a small island of 7,700 people in the Pacific, is an important step in the creation of the world’s first regional shark sanctuary, which will encompass 2 million square miles of ocean. The legislation now heads to Gov. Lyndon Jackson’s desk for signature.
“The protection of sharks fits into an even larger conservation goal for Micronesia,” said Governor Lyndon Jackson, “This goal, called the Micronesia Challenge, seeks to effectively conserve 30 percent of nearshore resources. But some species, especially sharks, swim in and out of protected areas, so additional policies are needed.”  Read full article here.