Global Green-grants Fund meets

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April 17, 2017
Micronesia Conservation Trust Press Release
The Global Green-grants Fund (GGF) Pacific Islands Advisory Board met in Pohnpei from March 27-29, 2017 to discuss GGF funding priorities, meet with GGF grant recipients from Pohnpei and visit some of the project sites, and to review and approve (or reject) new project proposals from Melanesia, Polynesia, and Micronesia. The GGF Pacific Islands Advisory Board members who attended the meeting included Cedric Schuster of Samoa, John Ericho of Papua New Guinea, Willie Atu of the Solomon Islands, Leah Nimoho of Vanuatu, and Willy Kostka of Micronesia. Also, attending the workshop were GGF Secretariat representatives Allison Davis and Margaret Rimoni. GGF is a US based foundation that supports communities to protect, restore, and transform their environments for a sustainable future. Since 1993, GGF has made more than $63 million in grants to local groups in 167 countries. Last year the Kousapw Poahloang Organization become GGF’s 10,000th grant recipient.

The Advisory Board met with several grant recipients from Pohnpei including the U Organization of Women (UOW), the Micronesia Marine and Environmental Club (MMEC) of the College of Micronesia – FSM, the Pohnuh Women’s Organization (PWO), the Seniapein Womens Association (SWA) of Paies, Kousapw Poahloang Organiation (KPO), the Pulinsokon Likin Kapin of Sapwuafik, and the Senpehn Sensation Connection (SSC). Each of these organizations, who had received around $5,000 from GGF, provided information on their projects. Project activities included improving traditional agro-forestry systems, enhancing community water systems, climate change adaptation activities such as shoreline restoration, protected areas management, and green/ alternative livelihoods development. The Advisory Board also visited the Paies Community to look at their community water system funded by GGF and Poahloang Community to see their dry-litter piggery and community cleanup project. The GGF Pacific Islands Advisory Board members were quite impressed with the delivery of these locally led projects.
The Board also reviewed 15 proposals from across the Pacific. Those project proposals from Micronesia approved by the Board include the following:
1) Menin Katengesed – to open a sustainable seafood market in Pohnpei;
2) Island Research & Education Initiative – to educate children and their families on the positive roles that various marine creatures play in Micronesia;
3) Hydroponics of the Pacific (HOP)– to carry out several workshops for the communities in Micronesia to learn the basics of a hydroponic project - with a tested design proven to be effective by HOP;
4) Enimwahn Development Association Inc. – to plant at least 2000 new coconut trees to support traditional uses, food security and fuel, re-use coconut byproducts, cut senile trees for lumber in Pohnpei; and
5) Awak Farmer's Association - to expand a revolving fund to help farmers convert pigpens near streams to dry-litter system to reduce contamination of the main stream.