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Conservation benefit: 35-acre pristine mangrove sanctuary as a no-take area in perpetuity

Community benefit: Construction of causeway culverts and extension of the household water system

Date Approved: 06.2008

Mangroves

This project protects mangroves, which trap more CO2 than any other kind of forest and as a result, slow global warming.

The lovely and culturally pristine village of Maaq is located in the Tomil Municipality on the east coast of Yap’s main island. This community has already taken an active interest in conservation with the establishment of the 477-acre Peelaek Channel Marine Conservation Area. This area is co-owned and co-managed by the villages of Maaq and Leebinaw in Gagil Municipality. The 35-acre area of pristine mangrove adjacent to the Maaq settlement survived both Typhoon Sudal and several oil spills. A preliminary rapid assessment found at least four of Yap’s main five genera of mangroves in the reserve. It is also a nursery for birds, mangrove clams, mangrove crabs, rabbit fish, and mullet, including the endangered Yap monarch.

The Maaq community is setting aside the Maaq Mangrove Reserve in perpetuity. It will use a Seacology grant to culvert a causeway that runs across the bay to a neighboring village. In addition,  it will extend its freshwater supply lines to houses in the community that currently do not have them. Seacology will fund these projects through a local NGO, the Yap Community Action Program, or YapCAP.

Project Updates

June 2011

YapCAP Executive Director Chief Charles Chieng passed away in July 2010; his longtime colleague Vanessa Fread has taken over the role of project coordinator. Construction was completed in July 2009, and Seacology staff is awaiting a final report and request for final payment to reimburse project leaders for funds already expended.

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June 2009

As of April 2009 the main extension 2″ pipe lines are in the ground. All 1″ pipe lines that go to the houses are also connected to the main line. Completion of this phase is expected by the end of May 2009. Culverting is still to be done and materials are being gathered. The protected mangrove area is still under protection as agreed.

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January 2009

The project began in October 2008 with the order and purchase of construction materials. The entire project is anticipated to run for about a year, completing in late 2009.

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