Beginning in October 2011, our Terrestrial Team endured countless days of sweaty toil, cold and sleepless nights, torrential rains, and clouds of fierce mosquitoes beneath the lush forest canopy in its vigorous efforts to survey and mark the boundaries of the Sokehs Watershed Forest Reserve, a project that directly supports Pohnpei State’s vision to set aside over 5,000 hectares of upland forest in accordance with the Watershed Forest Reserve and Mangrove Act of 1987.
The Conservation Society of Pohnpei (CSP) is proud of the milestones that have been reached as part of this project and of the greater goals that have been met in our mission to protect critical habitats, water security, and biodiversity. Throughout our labors this year, we have encountered land ownership and access issues, wrangled with malfunctioning survey equipment, braved unpredictable weather patterns, and struggled to coordinate with our many project partners. But despite these challenges, the project was completed at the end of January 2012.
We wish to thank our implementing partners: Pohnpei State Department of Land and Natural Resources, Pohnpei State Division of Forestry, Pohnpei State Fish and Wildlife Division, and Pacific Survey Company for their commitment and hard work on this project. We are also grateful to our generous donors and thank the FSM government for its funding support through the UNDP Sustainable Land Management (SLM) project. Additionally, this project would not be possible without the support of our traditional leaders, the government of Sokehs, and our instrumental community partners.