Other Work

Professional Internship for Pacific Terrestrial Island Ecosystem Management

Funded by U.S Forest Service/ Institute of the Pacific Island Forestry / Pacific Island Forestry Program through Micronesia Conservation Trust (MCT).

PIPTIEM provided continuing education and mentoring in project leadership to a cohort of young Pacific foresters. For years, Pacific island foresters have asked for scholarships and training to create the next generation of capacity for community leadership. The pilot PIPTIEM was supported by the Forest Service, five state foresters, six conservation organizations and seven college campuses. The core program prepared four teams of ten interns with one semester of study at the University of Hawaii. Teams then returned to their home islands to share leadership of one “focus project” one each island, assessing natural resource conditions, negotiating project objectives with landowner, communities, and their agencies, and conducting a variety of small restoration and education activities. Its final outcomes have been very good: out of ten interns, nine completed the two-year program; half have been promoted with increase substantial technical, social and administrative skills.

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Plants and People Project

Funded by New York Botanical Garden (NYBG).

First component of the project is a Floral Collection on the coastal vegetations up to the summits of Kosrae. One objective of the project is to collect every flowering plant on the island and sent to NYBG for species identification and at the end establishes a herbarium to house these existing floras of Kosrae. This year will be the project’s fifth year in action with hope for another five years to go.

Another component of the project is a Plant Use Information Survey. The main objective is interview knowledgeable citizens on cultural uses of plants. Photos, names and uses of plants are documented during every visit with hope to publish a book for educational purposes as well as preserving this important information from being lost.

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Watershed Coordination and Partnership in Kosrae

Funded by The Nature Conservancy

This project aims to significantly increase the capacity of local government and non-government agencies to manage and protect their critical upland forest areas through the sharing of improved watershed management activities and practices.

The objectives of the project is 1)to coordinate workshops and meeting for the communities and partners ;2) develop a Master Cooperative Agreements (MCA); 3)organize and schedule conservation action planning (CAP) workshops and assist with PIMPAC management planning workshops for development of management plans; 4) and seek technical and financial support for the watershed partnership in Kosrae.

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Collection of Biological Data within the Utwe Biosphere Reserve Core Zone

Funded by National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

The project was completed in 2009. The main objectives of the project were to create a database consisting of baseline data in the collective food fish population and coral health within the Utwe Biosphere Reserve core zone and to increase UBR officer’s capacity to assist in the monitoring of fish and corals within the core zone.

During the implementation and throughout the length of the project, the leaderships of the Utwe municipal government were fully supporting it. The selection and identification of principal community members to part-take in this project was not easy since much of its work will be underwater. Though, the selection was based on individuals who are certified SCUBA divers. There were five community members and two KCSO marine staff who combined to structure the project core team. Thus, the core team set off with training sessions to succeed the prime intentions of the project. Several topics covered during the project period including Introduction to Methodology; Coral and Fish Identification; Coral recruits and Fish size estimation.

Following the training, a certification ceremony was held at the Utwe mayor’s office to acknowledge and to recognize the trainees for completing the training course. At the end of the project, the team has designed a monitoring program to be used in Utwe community. Mainly, the monitoring will focus directly on abundance of food fish and changes of coral health. This is the first time for a community to have its own coral and fish monitoring program.

KCSO is very grateful for the funding support provided from the National Fish and wildlife Foundation through Micronesia Conservation trust. Your support toward this project has increased the strong relationships between the KCSO and the Utwe community. It’s a huge progress for them as they said.

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Coral and Fish Monitoring in the State of Kosrae, Federated States of Micronesia

This project was funded by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) through Micronesia Conservation Trust (MCT). 

This project was launched in 2007 by Kosrae Conservation and Safety Organization (KCSO) with four main objectives:
  • Assess and monitor marine biodiversity (corals and fish) and status of marine resources in coral reef habitat in the 7 selected sites in Kosrae per quarter.
  • Use results of assessment to identify the stresses and the threats that are, or may in the future adversely affect marine resources.
  • Provide advice to policy makers and regulatory agencies of the government for implementation of appropriate policies and regulations to address stresses and threats on marine resources.
  • Carryout a market fish survey to identify and measure level of fish catch and consumption in Kosrae and to identify heavily targeted fish in Kosrae’s water. The survey will require participation of at least one market in each of the municipalities of Kosrae.
The project combined efforts between Fisheries Division under the Department of Resources and Economic Affairs, Kosrae Island Resource Management Authority and KCSO. This project is supporting the ongoing monitoring efforts that are already in place in the state of Kosrae. There were five monitoring sites during the inception of the project; however, Tafunsak Marine Protected Area and Utwe Biosphere Reserve Core Zone were included to be monitored utilizing different method. More specifically, Line Intercept Transect and Belt Transect methods were used to monitor and assess the status of coral and fish. The monitoring was conducted on a quarterly basis. Another component of the project is a fish market survey, conducted daily to identify the amount of reef fish being caught and sold in the local markets each year. The collaborations from the three marinas in Kosrae have contributed to the success of the project. KCSO is delighted to reveal the results of 2007 coral and fish monitoring and the market fish survey.