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KOLONIA, Pohnpei – On June 17-18, 2019, the FSM Department of Environment, Climate Change, and Emergency Management (DECEM) had a two-day training in Pohnpei State regarding the Inform & iCLIM Data Portals Projects and the Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) National Implementation Plan (NIP) Project. DECEM representatives conducted the Pohnpei State trainings are Mr. Snyther Biza, GIS and Data Officer; Mr. Skiis Dewey, IT Officer, and Ms. Caroline Werthog, POPs NIP Project Coordinator.

The regional Inform project held a meeting to review progress towards building national and regional capacity to improve environmental decision-making through strengthening planning and reporting in the Pacific. The Inform project is mid-way through implementation and is taking stock of results achieved and hearing back from the countries of the progress in the new tools and processes being developed by the project to address the on-going challenge of compiling high quality data on the environment and making best use of it.

On September 17-19, 2019, the R2R Project Implementation Unit (PIU) convened a planning workshop in Pohnpei to review and assess the current progress of the project at its midterm phase. Delegations from the four States include project focal points, State Coordinators, technical staff, local NGOs, community representatives, other implementing partners at State level and affiliated key partners including regional NGOs, National and CROP agencies.

In the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), communities in the inhabited atolls and islands of Yap State are often at risk of experiencing drought, as well as sudden-onset disasters including earthquakes, flooding, tsunamis, and typhoons.

With support from USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and the College of Micronesia–FSM established the “Adaptive Community Transformation (ACT) on Yap” project to strengthen community resilience to natural disasters.

The Federated States of Micronesia’s State of Environment Report 2018 is now published and ready for its official launch. The SOE presents concise information on the state of environment for FSM with the approval of the FSM national government through the leadership of the Department of Environment, Climate and Emergency Management (DECEM).

Weno, Chuuk FSM - on April 22, 2020 Tuesday, Chuuk EPA staff (Solid & Hazardous Waste Manager and Environmental Educator) with collaboration of (8) eight volunteers from Kuchua, Dublon and Tunnuk, Udot, along with two Chuuk Department of Transportation and Public Works staff and security measure by 2 Police Officers from the Chuuk State Department of Public Safety gathered together at the Downtown Marina Shoreline and collected scattered trash of all kinds as an activity for the Earth Day. Pictures taken were before and after the clean up.

Weno, Chuuk FSM - Earth Day April 22, 2020 at Downtown Marina Shoreline - volunteers from Dublon Kuchua

Another Joint Force from Chuuk EPA and Department of Public Works starting to collect junk cars scattered beside the main and secondary road on Weno Island. Removal of junk cars are those abandoned vehicles lying within the 38 feet right of way easment of a public (main) and secondary road. Photos taken at Marina Dumpsite as is it temporarily being used as a storage site.

Enforcement Team from Chuuk EPA and Department of Public Safety Officers confiscated illegal stock of merchandise in stores. Chuuk State Law prohibits the imporation, possession and sale of such items...

Institutional Support and Capacity Development through Cross Site Learning Exchange
May 21, 2020 @ Governor’s Conference Room

48th World Environmentment Day, The activities this year were collection of used cars from Tafunsak, Coastal cleanup, radio announcent, promotional tshirt and Q & A program.

A public awareness on waste management was conducted on Oneisomw for 4 days.  Concepts of 3Rs, Segregation of waste,  proper waste disposal, and etc. were discussed among islanders

A waste survey was conducted by EPA staff with the collaboration of Oneisom Resource Management Committee (ORMC) and island community members for a period of 5 days from  August 16-20, 2021 for 30 selected households.

**APIA, Samoa** - From April 8 to 11, 2019, representatives from the governmental-environmental agencies from Samoa, Palau, Kiribati, and FSM participated in a workshop about managing the Inform data portal - facilitated by the Inform team at SPREP: Paul Anderson, Tavita Su’a and Julie Callebaut. With this Inform team at SPREP, participants learned about environmental data management, state of environment training, their individual environmental data portals and other areas of data management, GIS.

Kosrae State – June 4, 6 & 7, 2019, officers from KIRMA, DREA, KCSO, AG, DOH, IOM and JICA received focused capacity training on the use and management of the FSM national environmental data portal, an on-line tool to address the on-going challenges of compiling high-quality, and up to date data on the environment including a place to store data. Technical officers from FSM DECEM conducted the training on behalf of the Inform project team, and it was held at the Kosrae State Governor’s conference room.