Kostka Addresses Micronesia Challenge
October 03, 2006
By Polita Glynn
Environmentalists from Micronesia and the Pacific met at the Retreat of the Micronesians in Island Conservation to identify and revisit individual island goals concerning each island's marine and terrestrial environmental concerns. Participants included representatives of government and non-government environmental agencies from Guam, Republic of Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Marshall Islands, and the Commenwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Pew Fellow and Micronesia Conservation Trust director Willy Kostka from Pohnpei addressed the Micronesia Challenge, an agreement between countries in Micronesia that commits the islands to "effectively conserve" 30 percent of coastal resources and 20 percent of terrestrial resources by the year 2020. "We are here also to learn from each other," he said, adding that members would be able to share conservation issues, experiences and needs to help one another achieve the group's conservation goals in the Pacific.
Source: Marconi Calindas, Saipan Tribue