I'm off to Chuuk!
I'm traveling with Kathy Yuknavage of Coastal Resource Management Office (and MINA!) and Steve McKagan of Division of Fish & Wildlife (and the CNMI soccer team!)
We are participating in a Micronesia-wide, Nature Conservancy-led Conservation Action Planning Process (CAP) conference.
The CNMI has identified Laulau Bay as the focus of their CAP. I was invited to tag along as "community guy" because of my previous work with Marianas RC&D, Beautify CNMI! and MINA up at the Laulau Revegetation Site.
We've been working with other government agencies and community partners in developing our CAP. This week we'll present our CAP to our Micronesian brothers and sisters from Chuuk, Guam, and the Marshall Islands. Those are the countries working on their own CAPs. There are also representatives from Palau, Pohnpei, and Hawaii. They're going to let us know what they think about ours and we'll let them know what we think about theirs.
This is a really exciting week...and we're staying here.
Come back for updates on Chuuk!
...and for updates on the "National Park of the Sea!"
...and for the results of the Beautify CNMI! fundraising anniversary concert with Jake Shimabukuro!