U Municipal LMMA Coastal Fisheries Plan adopted
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Feb 14, 2017
On Friday, February 10th, a short signing ceremony took place at the Nahs en Wehi, Pohn Isilap, U for the adoption of the U Municipal Locally Managed Marine Area (LMMA) Coastal Fisheries Plan. This plan will serve as a critical step in guiding the development of the local government’s ability to manage the municipality’s coastal resources. The formally endorsed document contains actions that address fisheries management priorities identified through consultation with local residents and officials. The plan also supports development objectivities intended to maintain a more sustainable and productive coastal environment. Attending the launching ceremony were the Sahngoro, Nahnmwarki (Paramount Chief) of U Municipality, Likend U, numerous village chiefs of U, the Chief Magistrate Dahker Abraham, the Speaker Estepan Primo and several members of the U Council, FSM Congressman Esmond Moses, Pohnpei State Senators Aurelio Joab and Lino Amor, a representative of the FSM R&D, representatives of the Pohnpei Visitors Bureau, and the partners (CSP, MCT, TNC, RARE and Dr. Kevin Rhodes) who provided technical support to the development of the Plan.
Appreciation was shared with donors like the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, and US NOAA and DOI for supporting the development of the Plan and its eventual implementation.
The U Municipal Government decided to develop this Plan, a first of its kind for Pohnpei Island, as part of its efforts to move towards more sustainable development approaches for the municipality. With an overarching goal of promoting the long-term health and benefits of U Municipality’s coastal fishery and marine environment, the plan focuses on: strengthening local fisheries regulations, developing local government capacity, sharing management responsibilities, creating connections with markets, and identifying future management needs. This Plan will be a direct link to and complements several ongoing state, national and regional policies and efforts. The FSM National Oceanic Resources Management Agency (NORMA) and FSM R&D have received funding from the World Bank PROPFish to develop a national coastal fisheries management plan. The U Municipal Government will be sharing their Fisheries Plan with the officials in NORMA and FSM R&D with the intent that their Plan will feed into and inform the national plan. In addition, the Plan will also support the efforts of Pohnpei State to develop strengthen eco-tourism in the FSM as part of a project funded by the Asian Development Bank.
During his brief remark, Executive Director of the Micronesia Conservation Trust (MCT), Willy Kostka, congratulated the U leadership and its people for being the first municipality in Pohnpei/ FSM to develop such a Plan. This Plan, which when implemented will help local communities, Pohnpei State and the FSM meet their own sustainable fisheries management efforts, and consequently, will help the nation meet their regional and international commitments. FSM, as part of the Pacific Island Forum, agreed to make management of coastal fisheries as one of the top priorities for the nation and the region. Additionally, this implementation of this Plan will help the FSM come closer to meeting its commitments to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, as well as the UN Sustainable Development Goals, specifically SDG 14, which calls for the conservation and sustainable use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.