This page covers activities for the Chuuk Conservation Society, a non-government organization that assists in resource management activities in Chuuk.
our community work with youth groups on social protection side.
Part of our R2R Project closing report recently submitted to FSM DECEM....
Remembering these 3 individuals and the great works they had done to advance the activities and purposes of the SOU Forest Stewardship in UFO, Fefen Island. (Roseo Marquez, Benedict Tipeno, and Patrick Ikiuo) Wishing you prosperity in 2022.
Food Security grants on the go...
Upcoming talk series online.....
Oneisomw: Building Community Resilience in Chuuk – Free Talk feat. Paul Freddy & Marcellus Akapito, OCT 21 @ 5:00 PM HST Join us for Episode 6 of the Mālama I Ke Kai Speaker Series featuring Paul Freddy and Marcellus Akapito from Chuuk State in the Federated States of Micronesia. They will share about work being done in the community of Oneisomw and the protected area network that is being formed in an effort to help...
Major stakeholders in the KUOP protected area initiative gather at Truk Stop conference room today in order to progress the formulation of a management plan for KUOP Atoll. Assisting at the meetings are Mr. Curtis Graham, former Director of the Chuuk State Department of Marine Resources (DMR) and relevant staff from the DMR, Chuuk State Department of Agriculture, Chuuk Conservation Society, COM-FSM Chuuk Campus Community Research Extension program. The activity is part of support from the FSM Ridge to Reef (R2R) Project -- which is coordinated in Chuuk State by Ms. Krisketina Kanemoto Marar. Chief of Sapota Village on Uman, Mr. Kamian Moses leads the group coming on behalf of resource owners, which includes the two Protected Areas rangers for KUOP MPA. The main outcome for today is the completion of rough draft for the initial part of the management plan. At the gathering, participants also discuss probable effects from the Food Security project being supported by the FSM Government, which is anticipated to provide a staggering amount of fishing gears to fishermen throughout Chuuk Lagoon. Some preventive actions have been considered looking ahead to what might happen at the KUOP fishing zones.
SOU-Oneisomw Learning Exchange Program December 4-5, 2020
On December 5, 2020, members of the SOU Conservation Society on Fefen Island, Chuuk State, FSM visited the Oneisomw marine protectected zones. Oneisomw's managed shores and reefs is a joint effort between the Municipal Government and the Oneisomw Resource Management Committee, a resource management NGO. This particular come-together was enabled through funds from the FSM Ridge to Reef (R2R) Project and organized by the Department of Marine Resources, Department of Agriculture, the Chuuk R2R, the Chuuk Protected Areas Network Program, and the Chuuk Conservation Society.
SOU-Oneisomw Learning Exchange site visit video
On December 5, visitors from SOU Conservation Society on Fefen had the benefit of checking out Oneisomw's marine protected area that has been in place the pa...
On December 4&5, 2020, the Oneisomw Resource Management Committee (Oneisomw) and the Sapo, Oror, Ununo Conservation Society (SOU) from Fefen Island engaged in a cross-site learning exchange program on the Island of Oneisomw. The activity has been provided funding support from the FSM Reef to Ridge Project (FSM R2R), which, in Chuuk State, is housed at the Department of Marine Resources. The activity is part of Chuuk R2R work plan for 2020 providing support to the SOU Forest Stewardship Program and implemented jointly by SOU and the Chuuk Conservation Society (CCS). The weekend cross-site visit is the first of its kind in Chuuk. The Chuuk Protected Areas Network Program, the two departments of marine resources and agriculture, and the CCS have indicated interest in collaborating more with protected areas in Chuuk through activities that build capacity and empower local management. SOU and Oneisomw, as a result of the exchange program, vouched to relate as partners and continue to help each other going forward. (In the photo, those in green are from SOU. The ones in black are the Oneisomw conservation officers. Others not wearing uniform are other program participants.)
This video covers a community cleaning project done by St. Cecilia School students, Chuuk, in 2018, as part of a State-wide cleaning awareness. The 8 graders represented the whole SCS community, along with some of their teachers and then Principal Fr. Fernando Titus.
The SOU, Oneisomw, CCS, FSM R2R Project, and the Protected Areas Program in Chuuk have been working on logistics and other details to enable a learning exchange trip between SOU Conservation and Oneisomw Resources Management Council to take place. Finally, we are set to undertake this event in two days, starting tomorrow.
(November 9, 2020): Mr. Pichiosy Nika, representing the Nukuno Community Organization (NCO) on Tonoas, took time to bring information to CCS Office regarding the upcoming Community Early Action Planning to be held on the 19th of November in one of the meeting halls in Nukuno Village. The group of village chiefs who oversee NCO activities have agreed to rally stakeholders in their area for the purpose of conducting initial planning on resource protection and conservation interests to deepen on-going efforts the past two years. Mr. Nika has been consistent in ensuring the working relations between resource managers and NCO does not falter during this covid-affected year. CCS has sent out an invitation to the Department of Agriculture, Department of Marine Resources, EPA Office, and the Chuuk Protected Areas Network Program to contribute to the planning meeting and provide input where necessary. This planning will mark the beginning of such work to put action behind stated resource management and conservation interests by NCO leaders and community.
November 3, 2020: CCS has received invitation to join the dedication and celebration of the new Guardhouse on Ipis on November 17. There will be a news release regarding the GH, covering its purpose, grantor(s), and partners in the whole KUOP Protected Area project or undertaking. For now, let me point out that, as part of our commitment to supporting this much needed effort in this part of Chuuk Lagoon and KUOP Atoll, CCS has executed a simple working relation with Mr. Frank David, the lead builder of the guardhouse, in terms of coral reef protection and enforcement activity. Through this working relationship, CCS will provide an ample monthly allowance and fuel to Mr. David for six months, which is enabled by a small coral reef enforcement grant secured by the Association for the Promotion of International Cooperation (APIC) in Japan. CCS will continue to look for ways to concretely assist the KUOP MPA as it freshly gets underway.
A small group gathered in a section of Sapota Village, Uman Island, not minding the rain earlier today, September 9. Some of the family owners of KUOP Atoll held initial meeting, focusing on State-backed interest to officially empower a Protected Area (PA) there, where a sizable guardhouse is being built, funded by Seacology. Chuuk State Department of Marine Resources, the Protected Areas Network Program, and the Chuuk Conservation Society joined efforts and spent over three hours with Chief Kamian Moses of Sapota Village and other family and village members, many of whom not shown in the photo.
Today, 2nd day of reef monitoring by the CCS-APIC Project reef monitoring team, involving our staff and staff from Chuuk Department of Marine Resources (DMR). First day on the 14th, monitoring done around Tunnuk and Upwein, Weno Island. Today, our team will be at Unnukop to Unnim, Fefen Island. We thank all our partners in this project, and those community volunteers who are taking advantage of the opportunity to work and observe. They deserve to know project activities and findings. We pray for good progress and of course safety of team members.
Mrs. Lydia Rubak, representing the Howard Family of Ununo, endorses the SOU Forest Stewardship MOU for land owners today. Most of her brothers and sisters have been residing in Honolulu and Guam. She endorses the document on behalf of her entire family, which own reefs and land parcels in the area. She could not join the rest at the signing event last Friday.
Today, July 10, some of the land owners whose properties make up the SOU Forest Protection Management in the Sapo, Oror, Ununo sections and villages on Fefen Island come together for a MOU signing ceremony held at the Governor's Office Auditorium in Nantaku, Weno Island. Also participating in the signing of the MOU were Honorable Sefet Salle, Mayor of Fefen Muicipality, and Chief of Staff Mr. Krisos Victus who represented The Honorable Johnson S. Elimo, Governor of Chuuk State. The function started with a brief welcome statement by Mrs. Krisketina Kanemoto Marar, R2R Project Coordinator in Chuuk, which has provided some funds to support forestry activities in SOU area. Mr. Benisio Joseph is the interim Chairman for the SOU Conservation Society emphasizes the need for land owners and support partners to collaborate more and look ahead together. Mayor Salle praises the SOU achievement and hopes the conservation interest would also spread to other parts of his island. Chief of Staff Victus underscores State Government's ultimate interest in resource management and development plans that empower communities and fulfill development objectives. The event marks the second time resource protection MOU endorsement take place in Chuuk. The first one involved reef owners from Oneisomw in the Faichuk region around two years ago.
On July 1st, CCS, R2R, PAN program, and Chuuk Department of Marine Resources visited Parem Island. Objective: to support Parem community and municipal government in planning for their GEF-SGP grant proposal. This was the 2nd stakeholders consultation meeting. We look to holding four to five meetings by end of October to inform the development of the proposal and allow meaningful community input in the process. These are some photos of the day's activities involving government leaders, village chiefs, women groups, and the youth.
Parem Municipal Government, with small funds from Chuuk State, has started a walkway construction project to improve access for students and others during rainy days. Kinissou Mayor Ana ren an tiniken.
(June 23, 2020): We held the first stakeholders meeting for the Parem GEF-SGP planning grant. We will complete the planning the next 4 months to inform our development of the full proposal, which will be submitted to GEF-SGP by CCS on behalf of the resource owners and community leaders of Parem Island. The grant was first developed 7 years ago, it got delayed for several reasons including staff change-overs at CCS and GEF-SGP Office. Now, with the provision of some amounts to help finalize planning and ensure community input, we are confident we will complete the proposal by early November. I would like to thank Mayor Ana Akira, Mr. Enjoy Rain from DMR, Krisketina from FSM R2R, and Bev from the Protected Areas Network program being there earlier today. Also special thanks to the representatives of youth group, women group, as well as the traditional leaders who made time for this initial meeting. Photo will be added soon.
(June 19, 2020): Deputy Mayor of Murillo Island (in light shirt) visited CCS Office today regarding aGEF-SGp project concept provided months ago through Mayor Stanis Dungawin. Also in the photo with Deputy Mayor Ismael Shapucy is Mateus Raymond, one village chief from Nukuno section, Tonoas Island.
Today, Tim Ruda (blue shirt) and Pichiosy Nika got their pizes for their participation in the COVID 19 information and prevention songs CCS held little over a month ago as part of our "right to know" Human Rights project with the Pacific People Advancing Change program. There are four more winners who have not claimed their prizes...
(May 28, 2020): Deep appreciation to Congressman Victor Gouland and Congressman Derensio Konman who made time today to sit down with CCS staff and representative of the Mechetiw Kutta Kinamwe Organization at Truk Stop Restaurant for a lunch-meeting. Items discussed included possible review of the Country Program Strategy Framework for Protected Areas Network in FSM; possible funding support from FSM Government to civil society organizations involved in natural resource management; and consideration of the number of human rights initiatives and programs that require action of Congress. This meeting was enabled through funds provided to CCS from the Pacific People Advancing Change (PPAC) program under the Secretariat of the Pacific Community. The two honorable Congressmen represented the Chuuk Delegation. They informed us that Congress is nearing the end of their regular session that is being held on-line due to COVID 19 impacts... In the photo, front row from left: Congressman Gouland, Clarice Graham-CCS Admin/Finance Officer, and Congressman Konman. Standing from left: Patrick Kanas - CCS Terrestrial Program Coordinator and Recklud Ludwick from the Mechitiw Kutta Kinamwe Organization.
(May 27, 2020): Some members of the SOU Conservation Society meet with CCS staff today to begin review of the draft MOU for land owners whose properties make up the forest management site in the SOU area. In the photo: siting starting from left -- Julita Albert, Julio Renuk, Patrick Kanas from CCS, and Toreteo Romos. Standing row from left-- Benisio Joseph, Rep. Narciso Sebastian, Hermino Ruback, and Banfino Joseph. The stakeholders will endorse the MOU by mid June to allow initial set of activities to be implemented prior fore August.
Meet Srenty Antonio from the Tiun MPA, Parem Island. He is their conservation enforcement officer. He as benefited from a number of enforcement training conducted by PIMPAC, Chuuk State Department of Marine Resources, RARE, and CCS. He also attended a MPA rally in Pohnpei in 2018. Now, CCS is contracting him under a grant from APIC to assist in a reef assessment project for six sites in Chuuk Lagoon.
(May 20, 2020): Have the chance to conduct initial resource assessment at parts of Wonip Central (Tol Island), especially looking for water sources and upland crops. Thanks to Rev. Yosimichi Atesom for inviting CCS to come around. Special thanks to the Chuuk Disaster Office, which provided some fuel, and the Chuuk Project Management Office for providing lending us their boat and operator. CCS intends to work with the community improve access to clean water and build adaptive capacity to impacts of climate change, and ecosystem care, as part of our EcoMamau program.
Last Friday, CCS received invitation by the Pacific Island Forest Restoration Initiative (PIFRI) to submit a Full Proposal application relating to forest restoration project we proposed on behalf of the Nukuno Community Organization. We are excited by this news, and now taking steps to complete the Full Proposal process by June 15. If approved, this will be first CCS-led project for any NGO on Tonoas Island. We have invited the leader of the NCO group to come in this Friday to assist the drafting team. CCS will also meet with other members to involve community more in the process.
Chuuk Conservation Society - CCS's cover photo
(May 1, 2020): Working on Phase 2 of the Piserach food security grant from GEF-SGP. Meeting at CCS office today, in attendance, Mayor Kevin Junior Jose, Simion Jose, Mark Simina, and Jonas Smith, Mayor of Ono. Mr. Smith is also seeking assistance from from the small grant program.
(April 29, 2020): We receive our friends Joe Always and David Walter from the Micronesia Red Cross Society- Chuuk Chapter earlier today. CCS and MRCS have similar water resources improvement work at some communities in Chuuk. This is an opportunity for CCS to collaborate with some local experts on water resources management methods in island setting. At present, CCS is supporting the Chuuk Water Taskforce doing basic water assessment to gather data on current status relating to the on-going drought.
Chuuk Conservation Society - CCS's cover photo
(April 22, 2020): This is a very important Church leader from Wonip, Tol. He visited CCS this morning to find out about the Water Crisis Emergency Declaration and to request for assistance to his community regarding natural resources protection in his part of Faichuk. We will help take some of his concern to the Chuuk Water Taskforce and the Disaster Office. Out of respect, we will not mention his name.
For week of April 20 to 24
Four top outstanding issues for CCS as we prepare for a short Easter break:
1. Staff employment contracts have been sent to the FSM President's Office for allottee's review and signing. After allottee signs, the contract should be routed through the FSM Finance Office for funds certification, and the FSM AG Office for contract review. Then they will be sent back to CCS for contractor's signature before they are placed with the FSM Finance Office here in Chuuk. Then, we can begin tapping the funds. We are not clear on duration of routing process.
2. CCS Terms of Reference (TOR) to implement some activities for the FSM Ridge to Reef Project has been on-going. R2R staff in Palikir last email on Friday with clarification requests, which CCS responded to on the same day. Once TOR is approved, a service contract will be devised between CCS and the FSM Department of Environment, Climate Change, and Emergency Management. Pending the contract, CCS can not access implementation and administration funds.
3. CCS and the Coconut For Life (C4L) project are review draft contract for CCS to assist in community outreach and admin requirements for C4L the next 10 months, to be funded through the Micronesia Conservation Trust (MCT). MCT staff are looking through the contract. We are not clear on current review status. Project timeline as earlier planned might need to be modified.
4. CCS waiting for conclusive response from the GEF-Small Grant Programme regarding a Planning Grant request for our proposal on behalf of reef owners on Parem Island, Chuuk State. Last info from GEF-SGP, the UNOPS Office in Fiji is reviewing the grant request. The project concept already approved by GEF-SGP for CCS and Parem reef owners to extend reef management and marine area protection strategies to reef barriers eastward toward Fefen Island and southwest next to Totiw Island.
We hope that the long halt will be resolved way ahead of the coronavirus fiasco.
It is our utmost pride and responsibility to emphasize the conservation of our natural home inheritance, our space in history and time, our identity as people of Chuuk. While we strive to benefit from the activities and development efforts that underlie modern civilization, we also take pride in the olden wisdom and practices that gave birth to tradition and heritage. Chuuk is home to those who love to keep its natural integrity, to build its wealth, and protect the welfare and rights of all people.
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