Programs and Projects
This page will contain a list of all ongoing and past Marshall Islands Conservation Society projects.
Public Awareness and Education Program
Launching its HF(high frequency) radio networking in 2008, the Public Awareness and Education Program has been able to reach out to 9 outer island communities that are concerned with environmental issues they have been facing, and ways in which they can improve and adapt. Faced with problems of continuous land degradation, sea level rise, and depletion of resources, efforts to reach out to individual communities through a series of community consultations have been vital in the struggle to maintain and preserve the natural resources of the Republic. Many of the steps taken in each visit come under the "Reimaanlok" National Conservation Plan, which focuses on what conservation efforts each particular community is interested in. In every consultation, there is a series of engagements which define changes in the community’s season calendar, resource mapping and timelines. With on-going community consultations and school visits the program has been able to conduct and provide awareness in recycling for waste management, school visits, beach clean-ups, individual community consultations, implementation of conservation efforts to boys scouts, traning (outer island focal persons), radio spots, and lately, adaptation to climate change.
Established under a new management of the Marshall Islands Conservation Society, the Marine Program has been involved in several assignments with government agencies/organizations and local communities. Most projects are marine-based such as, community managed aquaculture including giant clam and pearl oyster farming, marine protected areas and community consultation, to name a few.
Technical and logistical assistance are also provided to international partners conducting researches on one of the Marshall Islands most threatening issue, Global Warming/Climate Change. The program’s goal is to help local communities build a sustainable livelihood to help alleviate people's over dependence on marine resources.
Terrestrial Program was established under new management in 2009. However, MICS has been involved in land based projects, and perhaps most visible of all are waste management (waste streaming and recycling) and Mule restoration project- protection of the highly endangered Ratak Pigeon (Ducula oceanica ratakensis).
Initiatives towards the protection of the Mule are more focused on habitation restoration and replanting of food crops for the Mule. This involves replanting of the seeded breadfruit and papaya trees. To compliment these replanting efforts, MICS secured a grant from USFS. This project is called Atoll Resiliency Project and the goal is to replant eroded shoreline on 4 urban centers (Majuro, Kwajalein, Jaluit and Wotje) also replant food crops. Further, MICS is also land and beach profiling.
All projects are aimed at raising environmental awareness, building capacity for sustainable use of resources, protection of biodiversity and adaptation to climate change in the RMI!
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