Watershed Forest Reserve Creation & Monitoring

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CSP's Terrestrial Team Marks a Watershed Boundary

CSP’s Terrestrial Team Marks a Watershed Boundary

Riverine environment, Nett, Pohnpei

The watershed forest monitoring program focuses on 13 forest areas representing the most ecologically important components of the Pohnpei WFR.  A few community members from each section in the municipalities together with our staff and municipal police, are responsible for quarterly monitoring of forest activities in these areas. They are taught measuring and evaluation skills and are responsible for the recording of the number of sakau plots. One to two days are spent in the forest measuring the plots using several measuring techniques including GPS. Recent monitoring results have clearly shown that CSP’s terrestrial strategies are having a positive effect.  Within the first year there was a 50% decrease in forest clearing.  The most impressive results were apparent in the areas where the watershed boundary lines were already demarcated, U and Madolenihmw. This shows that having signs and permanent markers demarcating the watershed boundary line is an effective strategy to lessen intrusion into the watershed.  Plots were down from 28 in January 2004 to just 1 forest clearing in April 2005. This huge decline has been a great success for CSP and it’s local partner agencies. In 2006, the total number of new forest clearings was 8 compared to only 5 new clearings in 2007.  This is still a significant reeducation as the demand for Sakau continues to increase. This remarkable achievement was made possible with the support and participation of the local communities, traditional leaders, and the state and local governments.