MCT Projects: The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
Invasive Species Eradication and Habitat Restoration
Funding Level 2006–2010: $200,000
In 2006, MCT received $200,000 grant to support locally driven invasive mammal eradication efforts. The intention of this grant is to catalyze or continue invasive species management in Palau, RMI and FSM. Due to limited funding, a prioritization process was organized and implement prior to calling for invasive mammal eradication project proposals from local conservation organizations to ensure that available funds are used to implement projects indentified as regional top priorities and to provide a prioritized list of invasive mammal eradication projects that each country and the region as a whole can used to seek subsequent funding to support successive invasive mammal eradications.
Removal of Rodents from Globally Important Bird Colony in Palau, Palau Conservation Society
PCS partnered with BirdLife International, Island Conservation, state, and national technical partners to eradicate rats on the Southwest Island of Sonsorol to protect its nesting seabirds and coconut crabs and to develop biosecurity and monitoring plans for Sonsorol and nearby Fanna. Rats were successfully eradicated on Fanna in March 2009. PCS is now focusing on eradicating rats from Kayangel, which is of high priority because it will benefit the Micronesian Megapode an endangered species.
Expansion of Mule (Ducula oceanic ratakansis) Habitat Restoration Project, Marshall Islands Conservation Society(MICS)
MICS is working to restore the habitat of the threatened Mule (ducula oceanic ratakansis or Micronesian Imperial Pigeon). One component of the Mule Project is to encourage locals, especially from northern islets, to plant Mejwan (seeded breadfruit), which is a source of food for the bird, as well as the locals. Papaya is also being planted as a secondary food for the mule. Another critical component of the Project is the Education and Awareness, which encompasses not only the importance of the existence and survival of the bird and how it relates to the biodiversity but also the heritage of the islands. Lastly, the Project will work to develop a way to showcase the bird to visitors, which will provide a source of alternative income generation.
Other Funded Projects
- Invasive Mammal Eradication Prioritization Project, Island Conservation: The prioritization report is available for download here