For the past decade, GLISPA has emerged as a successful and impactful partnership of all islands and their supporters working together toward a common vision.
In 2015, we have taken great strides in improving our ability to demonstrate the collective impact and success of our Partnership through the launch of the GLISPA Impact Dashboard: http://impact.glispa.org. This Dashboard helps us to track progress toward our long-term strategic goals and priorities.
The Impact Dashboard has been developed in partnership with a world-leading company, Socrata, who are dedicated to supporting governmentsunleash the power of open data to support decision-making, transparency and demonstrate impact. http://www.socrata.
Congratulations to Hawaii Green Growth on the launch of the pilot of their own Aloha+ Challenge Dashboard (https://dashboard.hawaii.gov/
aloha-challenge) in early April to support decision makers and the public to track progress on achieving the Aloha+ Challenge 2030 targets. The Micronesia Challenge, building on their extensive efforts in monitoring effective implementation of the targets on marine, terrestrial and socio-economic indicators, are now also working with Socrata to develop their own Dashboard.
The work with both the Aloha+ and Micronesia Challenges in developing their respective Dashboards will help us to develop a common approach to demonstrating progress and implementation of the island commitments launched through GLISPA. Importantly these efforts build the foundations to demonstrate the impact of island leadership and action towards national, regional and global priorities.
We invite you to explore our GLISPA Impact Dashboard. Please provide feedback to Jessica Robbins, Global Island Partnership and PCI Media Impact at JRobbins@mediaimpact.org
Please join us in welcoming Berna Gorong and Graham Gaines to the TNC Micronesia Program! Berna joins us as the new Partnership and Communications Coordinator and Graham will serve as the Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator for the BMUB Micronesia-Melanesia Project.
Berna established and has been running a small NGO called the Yap Networker that provides education and awareness on community, youth, and women issues in Yap, including a biweekly newsletter called the Yap Networker. She has also been working with her husband Thomas Gorong and their community on efforts to manage the Nimpal Channel Conservation Area. Since 2011, Berna has been a consultant with PIMPAC as a mentor on climate adaptation. In her role as PCC, Berna will be responsible for developing and managing partnerships, and providing capacity-building support to our key partners implementing conservation in Micronesia. She will also serve as the focal point for communications, sharing our work with partners and communicating conservation work happening in Micronesia within the Conservancy and to a wider audience.
Graham recently completed a one year volunteer program with the Peace Corps Response Program. He was placed in the Marine Resource Management Division, Yap State Government, where he helped develop staff capacity to improve resource surveying, monitoring and reporting. Previously, Graham spent two years in Fiji, as a Peace Corps Volunteer working as an Environment Resource Manager. In addition, Graham spent time as a fisheries observer with the US National Marine Fisheries Service. Graham holds a Master’s Degree in Marine Resource Management from the University of Akureyri, Iceland. His master’s dissertation was on conflict management in Icelandic fisheries through policy analyses and marine spatial planning. He will help to develop the overall framework for project Monitoring and Evaluation, to include annual project reviews, participatory impact assessments, guiding the process for identifying and designing the key indicators for each work package within the BMUB project, recording and reporting physical progress against overall project deliverables, and setting out the framework and procedures with stakeholders for the evaluation of project activities.
On April 10th the Adaptation Fund Board took the decision to approve the Streamlined Accreditation Process and with it the accreditation of Micronesia Conservation Trust’s national implementing entity (NIE) application. MCT is now eligible to apply for projects up to US$1M to support climate adaptation work in the Federated States of Micronesia.
MCT is the first entity accredited under this new process and therefore establishes this gateway for other small entities. MCT hopes that this accreditation and experience will allow MCT to get accreditation from other multilateral donor organizations such as the Global Green Climate Fund.
To learn more about the Adaptation Fund you can visit their website https://www.adaptation-fund.
CNMI is excited to announce their new Micronesia Challenge Young Champion, Carey Demapan. Carey is a college freshman at the Northern Marianas College studying Natural Resource Management. She will be working with us till the month of September, developing a work plan of her own focused on creating communications and outreach materials for the MC in CNMI – particularly targeting tourists and tour operators, as well as helping out at outreach events. In addition she is now writing our monthly Micronesia Challenge monthly updates! – Welcome aboard, Carey!