YAP: Communications Plan Workshop May 23-29, 2012

Resource agencies and partners come together in Yap to craft Yap's Local Communications Plan.
    The FSM's first Micronesia Challenge Communications Plan has been crafted  in Yap. On May 23-29, 2012, representatives from the Yap EPA, Yap Department of Resources & Development, YapCAP, Yap Visitors Bureau, and other community members met in Colonia for a week's worth of discussion and strategizing. The workshop was facilitated by Jeanine Almany of The Nature Conservancy and Berna Gorong of Yap.

   "It was a lot of work, but we managed to create a communications plan that works for Yap.  We spent a lot of time focusing on strategies that would work for Yap's main and outer islands," said Berna. 
    "It was an eye-opening exercise to customize a communications plan for Yap," said Jeanine.  "I think what it reinforced was that every island is different, every tradition is unique, and a communications plan, in order to work, has to be customized to each island."

Participants at the Yap Communications Plan Workshop, May 24, 2012