Endorsement of the Weloy Forest Stewardship Plan

The Weloy municipal chief, James Manguon, along with his council men (traditional village’s chiefs) convened in Ramaan, Okaw in Yap on April 13, 2017 to sign and endorse their Forest Stewardship Plan. This is the first Forest Stewardship Plan developed in Yap State counting towards the Micronesia Challenge terrestrial measure goal. This planning document will serve as initial guidance for the Weloy municipality in their efforts towards their natural resource and community management actions. This will be a living document that the community will update in 2020. Within the initial 3 years, the community targets to implement activities to achieve 2 goals identified in the plan: (1) Conservation and effective management of natural and other significant resources within the Weloy Forest Stewardship focus area. (2) Foster good stewardship awareness and education campaign for Weloy.
This community effort was made possible with the financial assistance provided by Micronesia Conservation Trust (MCT), USDA-Forest Services, and technical assistance by the local partners, Yap Community Action Program, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Yap State Division of Agriculture, Micronesia Challenge Regional Coordinator and Yap Institute of Natural Science.