Lenger Island

July 2000

Conservation benefit: Establishment of the first community-led marine reserve in the Federated States of Micronesia

Community benefit: Purchase of boat for transport and monitoring

Pohnpei, one of the four Federated States of Micronesia, has an extensive lagoon which is home to over 900 species of fish and 400 species of coral. The Conservation Society of Pohnpei (CSP) is working closely with traditional leaders of Lenger Island, a highly visible site off of the Pohnpei mainland, to establish a community-led marine reserve.

Seacology’s grant has enabled the Lenger Island community to purchase a boat to transport equipment and assist with the surveying and monitoring of the marine reserve. The Lenger Island reserve is serving as a model and will lead to the establishment of many more community-led marine reserves throughout the Federated States of Micronesia.

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Project Updates
September 2005
In 2000 the Lenger Island Marine Protected Area was the first community-based marine protected area in Pohnpei. Since then, Lenger's successful model has encouraged other communities to establish...
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July 2004
The boat was purchased in late 2000, and the marine reserve was formally dedicated in March 2001. Since that time, CSP has been actively involved in sponge farming as an alternative...
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