Courtesy Call by The Nature Conservancy Leadership on Governor Stevenson A. Joseph

Kolonia, Pohnpei: February 12, 2024 – The Nature Conservancy (TNC) leadership, comprising Mr. Mike Sweeney, Mr. Noah Idechong, Mr. Koebel Sakuma, and Ms. Elizabeth Terk recently paid a courtesy visit to Governor Stevenson A. Joseph. The purpose of the visit, as stated by Mr. Sweeney, was to reintroduce the TNC team and emphasize their commitment to serving the local community.

During the meeting, Governor Joseph highlighted his longstanding association with the Conservation Society of Pohnpei’s (CSP) Board of Directors, showcasing his dedication to environmental conservation. Discussions centered around conservation planning, strategic development plans, marine protected areas, and the integration of conservation efforts with food security.

Governor Joseph, Mr. Sweeney, and Mr. Idechong engaged in a comprehensive dialogue, emphasizing the importance of ensuring that any initiative, including conservation efforts, aligns with the well-being of the local population. Governor Joseph firmly stated that he would not support any initiative that proves detrimental to the livelihoods of the community.

Furthermore, the discussions touched upon the significant contributions of recent conservation efforts to the marine environment, as noted by Governor Joseph from his personal experiences. The parties explored ways to enhance conservation initiatives that positively impact both the environment and the local population.

The Nature Conservancy expressed its gratitude for the warm reception by Governor Joseph and reaffirmed its commitment to collaborative efforts for sustainable conservation practices. This courtesy call signifies a step forward in fostering a strong partnership between The Nature Conservancy and the local government to address environmental challenges and promote the well-being of the community.

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