July 2004

Conservation benefit: Establishment of the Epinup Mangrove Forest Reserve and Marine Protected Area

Community benefit: Community water system

Chuuk has one of the largest closed lagoons in the world: an expanse of 2,129 square kilometers of high islands, atolls and water, circled by a 225-kilometer long barrier reef. The rural village of Epinup holds a large portion of the last healthy and intact mangrove forest on Weno Island.

The community of Epinup has signed a petition calling for the conservation of nearly 364 acres of its mangrove forest and marine areas. The Epinup community wants to protect the last remaining mangrove forest on Weno for an initial 25 years. In exchange, Seacology is funding a community water system for the village.

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Project Updates
June 2011
This project has been successfully completed.
January 2011
Ten water tanks were constructed between 2005 and 2006, each positioned in and around the village to supply water to multiple households. Remaining funds will be used to purchase 200 PVC pipes so...
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June 2009
As of April 2009 the Epinup site manager identified 4 conservation officers. Community officers and the site manager attended a 2-day environmental awareness and education conference facilitated...
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June 2008
As of April 2008 the community’s conservation action planning committee met several times to start a conservation training process based on The Nature Conservancy’s Efroymson Coaches Network...
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October 2007
The project leader has moved from Epinup and arranged for replacement leaders. Plans by the new leaders in the next several months is to revise the work plan for conservation activities, review...
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July 2007
After her site visits in Micronesia, Seacology Senior Program Officer Karen Peterson reports that the tanks are being well-used. There were cups full of toothbrushes by the taps, and clean laundry...
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January 2007
As of October 2006 all catchments were completed and materials were purchased to paint the catchments and construct mangrove forest reserve boundary signs. Two students from the local college are...
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June 2006
Field Representative Simon Ellis visited the site in March 2006 and reported on the status of the project. The Epinup project represents the first effort by a marginalized community in Chuuk to...
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September 2005
While there was a slight delay in construction due to a shortage of available cement in the area, all but two of the ten fresh water tanks for the community water system are completed. The Epinup...
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July 2005
In collaboration with Xavier High School, the Epinup Community Council started its conservation plan and the construction of the community water system in early 2005. Installation of forest...
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January 2005
According to Micronesia Field Representative Olivier Wortel, the community is moving forward with its conservation plan, partnering with Xavier High School to carry out the project. The funds that...
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