MCT earns award for coral reef conservation in Micronesia from US Coral Reef Task Force


At its 36th Meeting in Saipan and Guam from September 22-24, the US Coral Reef Task Force presented awards to organizations and individuals for their efforts and contributions to coral reef conservation in the US affiliated countries and territories. The Micronesia Conservation Trust (MCT) was one of the recipients of such award, “For developing a community-based climate change adaptation tool that integrates socio-economic linkages and traditional knowledge in the development of locally relevant climate change adaptation actions and community management.” The task force, co-chaired by the Department of the Interior and the Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), includes leaders from 12 federal agencies, seven U.S. states and territories, and three freely associated states. Willy Kostka, MCT Executive Director, who attended the Task Force meeting and gave a presentation on sustainable financing around the Micronesia Challenge Initiative, accepted the award on the organization’s behalf.

After the meetings in Guam and Saipan, a few federal agency officials from NOAA and DOIOIA, joined Mr. Kostka and Ricky Carl, TNC Micronesia Program Government Relations
Deputy Director, for site visits in Yap and Pohnpei to meet with communities whose efforts are supported with coral reef conservation grants from the two federal agencies. The visits provided the federal agency officials the chance to see firsthand the conservation efforts being carried out by the communities.
The United States is one of many nations around the world working to halt the coral reef crisis and protect, restore, and sustainably use coral reef ecosystems. The United States Coral Reef Task Force (USCRTF) was established in 1998 by Presidential Executive Order 13089 to lead U.S. efforts to preserve and protect coral reef ecosystems. The USCRTF has been instrumental in building partnerships and strategies for on-the-ground action to conserve coral reefs. The USCRTF works in cooperation with state, territorial, commonwealth, and local government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, the scientific community, and commercial interests to further the understanding and conservation of coral reef ecosystems.