TERRESTRIAL PROGRAM

CSP’s Terrestrial Program focuses its efforts and resources on the creation and management of Watershed Forest Reserves around the island, the development of Mangrove Forest Reserves in collaboration with local communities, and the control of harmful invasive species.

Payment for Ecosystem Services

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Payment for Ecosystem Services

feasibility study for Payment for Ecosystem Services, the Conservation Society of Pohnpei in partnership with the Nett District government and Pohnpei Utilities Corporation were successfully able to complete the targeted number of surveys set forth as the goal in achieving the 95% confidence base line.

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Grow Low Campaign

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Grow Low Campaign

From a terrestrial standpoint, the greatest threat to biodiversity in Pohnpei is the illegal growing of sakau (kava or Piper methysticum) in the Watershed Forest Reserve (WFR). Traditionally the crop was grown mainly in the lowlands, however the demand for this crop has become so high that people are increasingly moving illegally into the WFR and clearing trees to plant sakau. Sakau farmers move to the WFR because Sakau grows faster there than in the low lands enabling farmers to meet the high demand for the crop more quickly.

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Watershed Forest Reserve Creation & Monitoring

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Watershed Forest Reserve Creation & Monitoring

The central mission of CSP's terrestrial program is the creation and management of Watershed Forest Reserves (WFR), intended to help preserve Pohnpei’s pristine upland forests and protect the rich biodiversity found within these important ecosystems. Demarcating and monitoring the Watershed Forest Reserves around the island remains a core objective.

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Micronesian Ethnobotany Project

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Micronesian Ethnobotany Project

CSP welcomed the Micronesia Ethnobotany Project (ethno project) to its team in January 2006. The ethno project, formerly of The Nature Conservancy, was established in 1997 by its founder Dr. Michael Balick of the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG). With funding provided by the NYBG Mrs. Fransisca Sohl supervises the ethno project and current team members include Ranger Relio Lengsi, and Ranger Primo Eperiam.

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Invasive Species Erradication

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Invasive Species Erradication

CSP has worked with the Pohnpei State Invasive Species Task Force on a number of projects to raise awareness about the most invasive plant species in Pohnpei State. CSP has also been busy with weed eradication on Pohnpei, targeting extremely harmful species such as False Sakau (Piper arithrium), Ivy Gourd (Coccinia grandis), Chain of Love (Antigonon leptopus), and Mile-a-Minute (Mikania micrantha).

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