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Conservation benefit: 46-acre no-take pristine mangrove sanctuary in perpetuity

Community benefit: Watershed rehabilitation, surveillance equipment, and project operation center

Date Approved: 01.2010


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

The scenic villages of Qokaaw and Kadaay, on the west coast of Yap, are steeped in tradition. They have already taken unilateral steps to protect their natural heritage, including establishing the 192-acre Nimpal Channel Marine Conservation Area (MCA).

Residents know that conserving mangrove areas around the Nimpal Channel MCA is key to reducing runoff and providing habitat for juvenile fishes. With this in mind, they want to permanently preserve 46 acres of pristine mangroves adjacent to the MCA. This particular forest survived Typhoon Sudal and contains at least four of the main five genera of mangroves in Yap.

With Seacology funding, community members will:

  • Clean up areas of the watershed that have become choked with fallen logs and branches.
  • Repair an old surveillance platform, build a new one, and purchase a kayak, all to improve surveillance of the Nimpal Channel and mangrove reserve areas.
  • Build a project operation and storage center on the shore next to the two reserves.

Community members will work with the Yap Community Action Partnership, a local organization that has collaborated with Seacology on several projects.

Project Updates

January 2016

Seacology approved a small maintenance grant to fund repairs to the floating surveillance platform in the Nimpal Channel. The repairs have been completed.

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July 2015

Program manager Mary Randolph visited these beautiful, serene villages this month and got to check out both the floating surveillance platform (newly refurbished with a small maintenance grant from Seacology) and the mangrove forest, which is healthy and thriving. Local volunteers are often on the platform overnight, and the no-take area is well-known and respected.

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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. The stream bank and mangrove passage restoration and rehabilitation is complete. Work has also been completed on program storage area spaces. Existing storage space has been enhanced and a second storage extension completed. The second surveillance platform is not yet complete. This is expected to be completed within a month’s time once the dock’s floats arrive. Floats are expected to arrive in May 2011.

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January 2011

The Talul and Yaal Waterway system restoration and rehabilitation has been completed. The stream bank and mangrove passage restoration and rehabilitation is 50 percent complete, and work is proceeding according to schedule. Surveillance and enforcement planning and logistics have been completed, and work on that component of the project commenced in December as did work on the program operation center.

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June 2010

The first payment was sent in May 2010, and purchasing of materials began immediately. The project startup is officially ahead of schedule and project leaders hope to continue the same pace during construction.

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Full or partial funding for this project provided by Seacology UK.