Equip rangers to save coral reefs in Micronesia

by OneReef Worldwide Stewardship
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Equip rangers to save coral reefs in Micronesia
Equip rangers to save coral reefs in Micronesia
Equip rangers to save coral reefs in Micronesia
Equip rangers to save coral reefs in Micronesia
Equip rangers to save coral reefs in Micronesia
Equip rangers to save coral reefs in Micronesia
Equip rangers to save coral reefs in Micronesia
Equip rangers to save coral reefs in Micronesia
Equip rangers to save coral reefs in Micronesia
Equip rangers to save coral reefs in Micronesia
Equip rangers to save coral reefs in Micronesia
Equip rangers to save coral reefs in Micronesia
Equip rangers to save coral reefs in Micronesia
Equip rangers to save coral reefs in Micronesia
Equip rangers to save coral reefs in Micronesia
Equip rangers to save coral reefs in Micronesia
Equip rangers to save coral reefs in Micronesia
Chief Ranger Henry Edmond, Sapwtik/Lehnger
Chief Ranger Henry Edmond, Sapwtik/Lehnger
A culture of stewardship, respect and responsibility is in the DNA of Community Conservation Officers (rangers) in Pohnpei and other states in Federated States of Micronesia. This guides them to volunteer their time and dedicate much of their lives to protect and manage their reefs and oceans. The equipment that your donation helps purchase makes their surveillance efforts safer and more effective.
Pakin
11 Volunteers: 10 Rangers and 1 community Chief Ranger (Patterson Lawrence). Three teams of 3 are assigned to surveillance and enforcement and alternate for approximately 8 hours each day of the year.
12,656 volunteer hours of surveillance per year: Total volunteer/unpaid hours per year for the 10 Rangers is 9,736 hours and for the chief ranger is 2,920 hours per year
Palikir

13 Volunteers: 12 Rangers, 1 community Chief Ranger (Fransisco Sohl). Three teams of 4 are assigned to surveillance and enforcement and alternate for approximately 5 hours each day of the year.

9,127 volunteer hours of surveillance per year: Total volunteer/unpaid hours per year for the 12 Rangers is 7,302 and for the chief ranger is 1,825 per year

 

Sapwtik/Lehnger

6 Volunteers: 5 Rangers, 1 community Chief Ranger (Talking Chief, Henry Edmond). Two teams of 3 are assigned to surveillance and enforcement and alternate for approximately 5 hours each day of the year.

5,475 volunteer hours of surveillance per year: Total volunteer/unpaid hours per year for the 5 Rangers is 4562.5 and for the chief ranger is 912.5 per year.

 

Dehpehk-Takaiou

10 Volunteers: 9 Rangers, 1 community Chief Ranger (Chief Pedrus Primo) . Three teams of 3 are assigned to surveillance and enforcement and alternate each day for approximately 5 hours each day.

7301.5 volunteer hours of surveillance per year: Total volunteer/unpaid hours per year for the 5 Rangers is 5476.5 and for the chief ranger is 1,825 per year.

 

As you can see, an astonishing number of hours are volunteered every year by the Community Conservation Officers. They don't take salaries but we can make their lives easier by providing them with good gear and equipment, food for patrols, and better boats. We are continuing to raise funds for these 4 communities and for the 2 new communities in Pohnpei (Federated States of Micronesia) that signed partnership agreements with OneReef last year.

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Chairman Emillio Eperiam, Nahtiik MPA, new partner
Chairman Emillio Eperiam, Nahtiik MPA, new partner

Coral reefs face multiple global and local threats.  By removing local stressors such as over-fishing and pollution, we give coral reefs a fighting chance. Apprehending poachers and preventing illegal fishing is a key responsibility for Conservation Officers (rangers) in Micronesia. Your donation made it possible for us to equip these heroes!

The traditional chiefs and chief Community Conservation Officers (aka rangers) made these videos to personally thank you for supporting their efforts to protect their coral reefs.  Watch their videos here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RoZnyJfodzM&t=33s

In October 2020, two new communities in Pohnpei (Federated States of Micronesia) entered into a partnership with OneReef. Now, we are working to provide them with the same surveillance equipment that we sent to our existing 4 partner communities with your help. The Conservation Officers from these two new communities were trained in the use of this equipment when we held the training for the other 4 communities in October, 2020. So they will be ready to hit the ground running once we can raise the funds to send them the equipment.

We are constantly impressed and inspired by the dedication of the Community Conservation Officers in Pohnpei, especially since they do not get paid for their time and effort.  They volunteer to do this risky and tiring job of patrolling and surveillance because responsible stewardship of their marine environment is in their DNA and part of their personal and community identity. By equipping and training them, we make them more effective and make their working conditions better and safer. Thank you for supporting them!

Chairman Francisco Alex, Nanwap MPA, new partner
Chairman Francisco Alex, Nanwap MPA, new partner

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Chief Kelak (Dehpek/Takaiou Community)
Chief Kelak (Dehpek/Takaiou Community)

In August, four OneReef Partner Communities in Pohnpei were excited to receive the surveillance gear you helped us purchase.  We then received a request for a brief training session on how to best use the GPS, radios and cameras.  On October 30th, through Conservation Society of Pohnpei (CSP), which is a OneReef partner, we held a hands-on training session with the Community Conservation Officers (aka Rangers) from our partner communities. The training covered all the features of the GPS units, the radios (walkie-talkies), and the cameras.

With this training session, the Community Conservation Officers are now more confident about using these devices optimally and better equipped to patrol their Marine Protected Area (MPA). They will also be safer while conducting the surveillance essential to prevent poaching.

We are continuing to raise money for these 4 communities so we can provide them with funds for annual maintenance of their boats, for skill-building workshops, and to help pay for some of the fuel needed for the patrol boats.

Thank you for being part of the community-led coral reef conservation movement! Our Community Conservation Officers appreciate your support and so do we!

 



Training - OneReef + Conservation Society Pohnpei
Training - OneReef + Conservation Society Pohnpei
Learning the features - Radio (walkie-talkie)
Learning the features - Radio (walkie-talkie)
Training Workshop 10/30/2020
Training Workshop 10/30/2020
Chief Kelak (Dehpek/Takaiou Community) with camera
Chief Kelak (Dehpek/Takaiou Community) with camera
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Surveillance gear sent to each of 4 communities
Surveillance gear sent to each of 4 communities

Thank you for helping us raise $4,520 to date for 4 of our partner communities in Pohnpei (Federated States on Micronesia)!  The communities are Palikir, Pakin, Lenger, and Dehpek-Takaiou

With the funds raised so far, we have been able to purchase and send basic, bare minimum equipment needed to do surveillance and enforcement effectively and safely. Each of the four communities has received a kit that has a GPS unit, camera, 2 radios, and the accessories (SD card, cleaning pack) in a waterproof protective hard case. 

- GPS unit is the tool that will help the Rangers locate where the person was and can prove that s/he was in the MPA in violation of the rules. 

- the camera will be used to ake a photo of the GPS screen where the person was spotted to prove the infraction to the authority/court.  And if possible, it will be used to take a photo of the person/boat in that spot and of the illegally caught fish.

  -Life Jacket indicates a trained professional because locals don't wear life jackets and it increases the safety of the operation.

-Radios are used to communicate between patrol vessel and base or command center on land. It can be used by the Rangers in the boat to ask for back up in case of escalation or a threatening situation. It's not good practice to go for surveillance without the radios.

This what some of our funders have said about donating to this project:

"I know that this donation is going to an important and worthy cause! "

"I felt a real connection to Mr. Andrew. In the video he was straightforward - I appreciated someone who clearly said, 'We need help'. A beautiful area" 

"Communities are on the front lines of conservation!"

We still need to raise $30,480 more to buy the rest of the surveillance gear and two patrol boats.  Please help our communities protect their coral reefs and livelihoods by helping us raise funds for them. Thank you again for your support of our vision - Vibrant Reefs, Thriving Communities!

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