01.21.13 KOSRAE: KCSO Signs Grant Agreement with PATA

Andy George, KCSO Director
On January 21, 2013, the KCSO’s Executive Director Andy George signed a grant agreement with the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Foundation.

The grant was awarded to Kosrae Conservation and Safety Organization (KCSO) in the amount of $10,000.00 to support the “Awareness Campaign for Sustainable Management of the Tafunsak Marine Protected Area (TMPA)” project. The mission of the PATA Foundation is “to contribute to the responsible growth and sustainable development of travel and tourism in Asia Pacific through the protection of the environment, the conservation of heritage and support for education and sustainable tourism."

The grant will assist KCSO to: (1) enhance community awareness and understanding of the need to protect Kosrae’s environmental and natural heritage, (2) empower local community to support and participate in the effective management of the Tafunsak Marine Protected Area, (3) increase community understanding of their roles in co- managing Kosrae protected areas.

Under this project, KCSO education program will organize a team with its local partners to carry out school awareness programs and conduct meeting workshops, a student speech contest, and a fieldtrip in Tafunsak and the neighboring communities. The grant will also be used to purchase some kayaks to support the eco-tourism efforts of the TMPA community.

KCSO is honored to have developed a partnership with PATA and it certainly looks forward to a successful implementation of the project. For more information on the awarded grant updates, please visit www.kosraeconservation.org.