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08.22.2017, RMI: A Presidential Tribute to Tony DeBrum

August 22, 2017

February 26, 1945-August 22, 2017

It is with great sadness and a very heavy heart that I announce that the Marshall Islands lost a national hero today with the passing of our Climate Ambassador and former Minister Tony deBrum.

Tony passed away peacefully in Majuro, surrounded by his proud father, as well as his wife and partner in life, Rosalie, and their three children, ten grandchildren and five great grandchildren – including newly born Cei'Ena. My thoughts and prayers, as well as those of the Government and the people of the Marshall Islands, are with them.

Tony’s legacy goes beyond our islands, and will go beyond those of us that call the Marshall Islands home. He fought for our independence, he fought against the tyranny of nuclear weapons and for nuclear justice for our people, and he led the international fight against climate change. The very existence of the Paris Agreement owes a lot to Tony de Brum. He was a giant of history, a legend in every meaning of the word, and a custodian of our shared future.

Born on February 26, 1945 in Tuvalu, Tony grew up in the Marshall Islands during the twelve-year period of U.S. nuclear testing and, as a young boy out fishing with his grandfather, witnessed the horrors of the ‘Bravo Shot’, the largest U.S. nuclear test – more than 1,000 times more powerful than Hiroshima. After becoming one of the first Marshallese to attend university, he returned to our island home to play a leading role in the negotiations that secured the Compact of Free Association with the United States, and ultimately our membership in the United Nations. Tony remained consistently and deeply committed to the cause of nuclear justice and global disarmament, and in 2012 was awarded the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation’s Distinguished Peace Leader Award. In 2015 the Right Livelihood Foundation awarded him the Nuclear-Free Future Award and the ‘Alternative Nobel’. In 2016 he was voted the Arms Control Person of the Year and nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Tony found himself fighting for our country once again in the global battle against climate change. Tony’s vision was captured in the Majuro Declaration for Climate Leadership in 2013, and in 2015 he contributed to the formation of the High Ambition Coalition. His tireless efforts on the world stage were instrumental in securing the Paris Agreement.

On this day that Tony passed, we also held our final traditional funeral ceremony for Minister Mattlan Zackhras who passed away less than two weeks ago. I am certain that Tony will join Mattlan in looking over the Marshall Islands. While our nation may have lost two of our finest men, and the Earth two of its fiercest champions, the best thing we can all do to honour their legacies is to keep up the battle for our future – to which they dedicated their lives. We now carry their torch.

Tony made our island home and the rest of the world safer, and more peaceful. And for that a grateful nation and planet says kommol tata. May he rest in the peace that he fought so hard for.

Ilo kautiej,

Hilda C. Heine, Ed. D
President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands

08.03.2017 SAIPAN: Save the date!

5th Annual Green Gala "Farm to Table" An Event to raise funds for the protection and conservation of the CNMI's beautiful natural environment. $75.00. Tickets on sale now at MINA headquarters located in Gualo Rai Center, Suite 103, Message or call 233-REEF(7333).

05.01.2017: Volume 64 of the Official Micronesia Challenge Newsletter!

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02 March 2017: From the MC Newsletter

Micronesia Conservation Trust Makes the First Funds Transfer from Palau’s MC Endowment Fund to the Palau PAN Fund
    On January 31, 2017, the Micronesia Conservation Trust (MCT) Board approved a resolution instructing its Investment Advisor, Raymond James, to disburse $435,362 to the Palau Protected Areas Network (PAN) Fund (www.palaupanfund.org).
    The Palau PAN Fund, per the agreement with MCT, will use the fund exclusively for (a) implementation of PAN protected areas management, sustainable development and work plans for PAN sites based on performance, impact/outcome and appropriate management costs for the continuing sustainable operation of the PAN Fund; (b) the undertaking of necessary research and educational activities substantially related to carrying out the purposes of RPPL No. 7-42; and (c) the performance of any of the functions that are necessary in order to carry out the purpose of RPPL 7-42 including the operation of the PAN Office.  The amount withdrawn is based on a formula agreed to between the donors and the owners of the endowment in an Investment Policy Guidelines on the Micronesia Challenge Endowment Fund (www.micronesiachallenge.org) and is designed to ensure the value of the Fund is maintained in perpetuity.
    In 2006, MCT was selected by the Chief Executives of Micronesia to serve as the Micronesia Challenge Endowment Fund financing mechanism and has been managing the MC Endowment Fund since its inception in 2008.  The fund was initiated with a $1,000,000 grant from The Nature Conservancy and a $500,000 contribution from the Palau Government. Subsequently the Palau Government, through their Palau PAN Fund, and the Federated States of Micronesia and Marshall Islands governments started contributing their own national funds to the endowment to match other donor funds from The Nature Conservancy ($3M), Conservation International ($3M) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) – United Nations Environment Programme ($5M).
    Today the endowment fund stands at nearly $18.5M, with Palau owning approximately half of the fund, and with FSM and RMI owning approximately $5,000,000 and $4,000,000 respectively. A student group from Saipan, the Tanapag Middle School Micronesia Challenge Club, provided $1,000 from their own funds to launch the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands’ (CNMI) Micronesia Challenge Endowment Fund in 2016. MCT continues to work with Guam and CNMI officials, as well as other international development partners, to launch their MC endowment funds as part of this joint regional initiative.
    For the FSM and RMI to start to receive earnings from the MC Endowment Fund, they will need to put in place national policies and legislations that formally establish their protected areas networks, as well as the mechanisms for disbursement (i.e. the Palau PAN Fund). Both the FSM and RMI Governments are now working to put these program requirements in place so they can begin to drawdown on the funds to support the much-needed community based site work within their respective jurisdictions.

01 March 2017. Volume 62 of the Official MC Newsletter

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15 February 2017: Bill Raynor Scholarship Deadline Extended to March 31, 2017

The establishment of the Bill Raynor Micronesia Challenge Scholarship Fund was inspired by the work of one of Micronesia’s lead conservation pioneers, William Charles Raynor, known to many as Bill Raynor. The Bill Raynor Micronesia Challenge Scholarship Fund aims to contribute to the development of effective conservation of Micronesia’s biodiversity and the promotion of sustainable livelihoods across the region. This scholarship provides an opportunity for individuals from Micronesia to undertake either a Master’s or Doctorate degrees in any resource management/conservation field at various institutions within the Pacific Region to include universities in Guam, Hawaii, Fiji, Japan, New Zealand or Australia.

This year’s application deadline has been extended and MCT will accept applications until Friday, March 31st 2017. Review of applications and the selection of awardees will be held from 1st April to 30th of May.

Kindly see attached Announcement and Application form for further information on eligibility and application requirements. We encourage all interested to apply and ask that you forward this email on to your contacts.
Click here for announcement.
Click here for downloadable application.

02.01.2017 February 2017 Newsletter

Hot off the presses!  Volume 61 of the official Micronesia Challenge Newsletter. Click here to view.