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).
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
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 www.pewenvironment.org. 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.