We've just produced our 2017 Annual Report! Check it out:
2017 Annual Report
We've just uploaded a new video to Youtube and posted it on our videos page. The video was filmed on NW Malekula island and documents three villages coming together to launch the Napi Nata Lili Environment Network. Together, these communities have set aside vast areas of marine and coastal habitats as protected areas. Island Reach was honored to be part of this celebration and to document this ceremony. The video also features a short section of IR Project Coordinator, Willie Kenneth, introducing Reef Check survey methodologies to community members.
IR Project Coordinator Ronneth John Accepted to Pacific Islands Community Conservation Training & Certification
Island Reach Project Coordinator Ronneth John has been accepted to attend a regional conservation training course on Community-based Conservation and Adaptive Management. Ronneth's acceptance is based on his long-time commitment to conservation and his proposal to work with IR to reach remote communities throughout Vanuatu were he can provide leadership and the transfer of skills and knowledge to these communities.
The aim of this 3 phase program is to build and improve the capacity of conservation practitioners, like Ronneth, to achieve widespread natural resource management and sustainable community livelihoods among Pacific Small Island Developing States. The course is a result of a collaboration of multiple agencies and organizations, including the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), the University of the South Pacific, and with principal funding from the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund.
The program will take Ronneth to Solomon Islands for a 4 week training in April, after which he'll join us aboard Llyr to implement his project work in central and northern Vanuatu for 4 months, and then he'll return to Honiara for a 3 week period of review, reflection, and reporting, as well as additional training.
Aqualung USA has generously expanded their support of Island Reach this season and they are sending us 43 adult wet suits along with gloves and boots for the Vanua-tai as well as over 100+ youth snorkel packs for reef education activities in remote villages! Thanks Aqualung, the historic Cousteau partner and "First to Dive"!
We have a shipment underway from the US to IR Project Coordinators, Willie and Ronneth. We’re sending them portable netbook computers and cellphones that will allow them to communicate with us from their remote islands via email and to write CCA management plans in the field! Currently they must make a long trip into the capital, Port Vila by boat and truck to get to internet and it costs them US$20 round trip plus internet fees. The costs for these materials and delivery runs around US$600. Please make a donation to support this action.