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 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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OneReef Worldwide Stewardship

Location: Santa Cruz, CA - USA
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Project Leader:
Wayne Andrew
Koror, Palau

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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.
   

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