Guam – Governor Felix Camacho addressed the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force in Saipan Wednesday.
The task force was created by Presidential Executive Order in 1998 to coordinate federal government actions to better preserve and protect coral reef ecosystems.
In his address, Governor Camacho asked the task force to assist our island in the following areas related to the impending Guahan build-up: (1) the need of our local natural resource agencies to build capacity; (2) to urge the Department of Defense to seriously consider the comments submitted for the Final Environmental Impact Statement; and (3) to help local departments and agencies develop mitigation strategies and techniques for our coral reefs.
“Our ability to manage our resources and infrastructure during the build-up and beyond will affect our island and our families for generations to come,” said Governor Camacho. “Our efforts will be wasted if the build-up is not handled in a manner that respects the people of Guahan and the natural resources we rely on.”
Additionally, Governor Camacho spoke on the importance of the Micronesia Challenge in anticipation of the build-up.
“For Guahan, our natural resource partners have been focusing on more complete approaches to conservation – working with land-based pollution sources, fishermen, developers, and the community to address the issues we face today,” said Governor Camacho. “The key to the Micronesia Challenge, and conservation in general, is to ensure that these steps are effective.”
The Micronesia Challenge, co-founded by Governor Camacho in 2006, has committed to the conservation of at least 30% of the near shore marine and 20% of the terrestrial resources across Micronesia by 2020.
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