Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Holy Micronesian Conservation, Batman!

What an amazing first day!

I feel like a baby next to the conservation heavy weights attending this Micronesians in Island Conservation Retreat. There are so many brilliant, vibrant, inspiring conservation leaders here...I only hope that I can "hang."

This morning (all of the member states except for the host), CNMI, Guam, Palau, Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei, and Kosrae presented challenges, successes, and goals concerning Biodiversity and Conservation in their nation.

I reintroduced the MIC members to Beautify CNMI and talked about our programs in the Laulau Watershed and at Obyan Beach.

Later in the day we talked about the individual MIC member Personal, Professional, and Institutional goals. I mostly listenened. Next year, I will have a chance to report on the progress of my goals.

We had a short break in the afternoon. I used the free time to go for a run. I ran for about 45 minutes.

Majuro is pretty cool. There is only one major road. The ocean is never too far away on either side. A tsunami would really suck if it hit here is all I'm really trying to point out.

After our break the different people working on conservation issues in the Marshalls presented to all of retreat participants. There were supposed to be 10 presentations, but it was cut to 8 due to time constraints.

I think that most of the off-island participants wanted to hear the other two presentations, it was the locals who wanted to finish up so that they could eat (and maybe drink a few beers)...but I'm just speculating.

Dinner was my first chance to sit down and really talk to some of the other retreat participants. Wow. Everyone here is so inspiring. I can't wait to go back to Saipan to share what I've learned.

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I don't think I'll be posting any pictures until I get back to Saipan. The hotel computer is on dialup and it takes several minutes just to pull up a page, never mind upload a picture. You guys, my readers, don't mind waiting a few days, do you?

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