Thursday, February 14, 2013

Shark Defender Spotlight: Willy Kostka

The Marianas Variety ran a story today about one of our partners in Micronesia.  Willy Kostka, executive director of the Micronesia Conservation Trust, was recently certified as an accredited investment fiduciary.  That's good to know if you are trusting his organization with your conservation dollars.  If you are interested in learning about conservation in this part of the world, you should know Willy.  We've reprinted part of the story here so that you can get to know him:
William Kostka was born and raised on the island of Pohnpei, in the Federated States of Micronesia.

In 1998, he helped found, and became the first board chairman and executive director of, the Conservation Society of Pohnpei, the leading local conservation NGO in the nation.

In 2002, Kostka also co-founded and currently serves as executive director of the Micronesia Conservation Trust, a charitable and irrevocable corporation organized to support biodiversity conservation and related sustainable development for the people of Micronesia by providing long-term sustained funding and capacity building support.

He serves as coordinator of the World Conservation Union- World Commission on Protected Areas Micronesia Program and also sits on the Pacific Advisory Panel of the Global Green-grants Fund.

In 2006, Kostka became a Pew Marine Fellow and used his fellowship grant to help launch and further the implementation of the Micronesia Challenge Initiative, a common commitment by the countries and territories of Micronesia to a comprehensive system of resilient protected-area networks.

This commitment will see at least 30 percent of the nearshore marine and 20 percent of the forest resources across Micronesia under effective conservation by 2020.

The Micronesia Conservation Trust was formally established by The Nature Conservancy in 2002 as a charitable and irrevocable corporation organized to manage and provide funds “to support biodiversity conservation, climate change adaptation and related sustainable development for the people of Micronesia by providing long-term sustained funding.”

It aims to:

• Raise community awareness about biodiversity conservation, climate-change adaptation and related environmental education programs
• Support the conservation of priority natural biodiversity resource areas
• Strengthen the ability of communities, community organizations, government agencies, conservation and development NGOs, and other appropriate organizations to conserve Micronesia’s biodiversity, adapt to climate change and sustainably manage its natural resources for the benefit of current and future generations
Please visit www.ourmicronesia.org for more information on the Micronesia Conservation Trust.

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