Promoting Community-Based Conservation Through Sustainable Development

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Welcome to the Marine & Environmental Institute of Pohnpei

We are based on the beautiful island of Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia and we serve the entire Micronesia region as well as other areas of the Pacific. Founded in 1997 as part of the Ponape Agriculture and Trade School, our initial focus was teaching practical marine sciences to students from all over Micronesia. In 2005, our focus changed to implementing sustainable development projects for rural communities in Pohnpei and the Micronesia region. Because Micronesia is 99% water and marine conservation is critical to sustainable living in the region, our main focus is developing low-impact aquaculture as a means of income generation for communities who sponsor and support marine protected areas. But aquaculture is only one of the areas we specialize in. We also educate communities in climate change mitigation and adaptation; we collaborate with regional institutions in water quality monitoring; we provide research facilities for visiting scientists; and we develop local entrepreneurship through financing and business education.

Take some time to visit our pages to learn more about us, our products, and what we do. If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.
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Merip Facilities MERIP is located on the shores of Madolenihm bay on the remote Southern part of Pohnpei. Although it is some 30 km from the capital Kolonia it is easily...
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Sponge Farming One of the more unique products that have been researched and developed by MERIP are farmed natural sponges. Work began on farming sponges in Pohnpei...
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Marine Ornamentals Live soft and hard corals and other invertebrates such as giant clams, zooanthids and corallimorphs make up a valuable portion of the marine ornamental...
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Capacity Building The most important activity at MERIP is to transfer the technology we develop to local communities so they can use it. The purpose of our capacity building...
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