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APIC & MCT MoU <br />

APIC President Peter Sato and Executive Director Kostka of the notable Micronesia Conservation Trust (MCT) signed a MoU (Memorandum of Understanding), expressing both parties’ desire for stronger ties.

The MCT is a public-funded tax-exempt organization founded in 2002, with its headquarters located in Pohnpei State, covering over 20% of the Federated States of Micronesia. The organization is working with the Republic of Palau, FSM, Marshall Islands, Guam, Saipan, and Northern Mariana Islands. Specifically, MCT is funding and giving technical support to biodiversity protection and sustainable development projects. They also organize environmental education seminars and are entrusted with managing funds for the Micronesia Challenge.

The shared environmental policy “The Micronesia Challenge” of the above countries’ governments is to protect biodiversity and promote the use of sustainable natural resources. Palau, FSM, Marshall Islands, Guam, and Northern Mariana Islands agreed on the initiative in 2006. Each country/region is planning on promoting environmental protection by setting goals of effective protection of 30% of coastal waters and 20% of land by the year 2020. The American government (Internal Affairs, EPA, etc., American foundations, the German Environment Agency, World Bank Global Environment Facility, The Australian Agency for International Development are examples of organizations and other bodies giving support to MCT.

According to this MoU, APIC promised to help MCT with PR activities and fundraising activities in Japan, as up until now APIC has focused its activities in the Micronesian region.

APIC & MCT MoU <br />


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