Wednesday, August 7, 2013

International Mangrove Action Day, 26 July: Mangroves, our insurance against the wrath of nature

International Mangrove Action Day, 26 July: Mangroves, our insurance against the wrath of nature

Here is an article about the ecosystem services provided by mangrove forests. It was published in the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity website. Please follow link to read.

FSM PACC Coordinator Visits Australia and Japan Embassies

FSM  PACC Project Coordinator, Mr. Simpson Abraham, spent last week in Pohnpei. He met with Australian Ambassador, Mr. Martin Quinn on July 30. Their meeting was about the Australian Government support to the PAC Project and Climate Change in the FSM. In the afternoon, Mr. Abraham met with representatives of  NBK-Nippon Co. and Penta Ocean from Japan. They discussed the draft climate proofing design of the Kosrae Shoreline Management Plan. They also prepared an application for Grant Aid from the Japan Government.
Australia Ambassador, Mr.Martin Quinn with FSM PACC Coordinator, Mr. Simpson Abraham.


On July 31st, Mr. Abraham met with Japan Ambassador, Mr. Eiichi Suzuki. They talked about the proposal for the Grant Aid from Japan to fund the proposed climate proofing shoreline project.

These meetings will provide monetary support to climate proof our coastal zone and make us less vulnerable to the expected changes in the future climate.

Ms. Takeda, Japan Ambassador, Mr. Eichii Suzuki, Mr. Abraham and Mr. Masaki Tani, Deputy Chief of Mission.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Utwe teachers went to the mangrove to learn about climate change

On July 31, Utwe elementary teachers received a workshop about mangroves. Dr. Julian Sachs from the University of Washington; the State forester, Erik Waguk, Mrs. Ruthey Luckymis from KIRMA and Mr. Cianchini from FSM PACC were the resource personnel for this workshop. By focusing on the mangrove ecosystem, teachers learn changes in climate and how to adapt to those changes. Dr Sachs talk about the chemical properties of water on the mangroves, afterwards, the twenty teachers practiced reading salinities on fresh, brackish and saltwater. The workshop was held in the Utwe Biosphere Reserve premises, where the mangrove extends from the seashore to the upland.

Dr. Sachs explain chemical properties of the water to Utwe teachers

 Trees identification and salinity readings practiced in the mangrove