The Conservation Society of Pohnpei (CSP) began the Elimoang (Pohnpei Mangrove Crab) campaign in June of last year; one of approximately 40 RARE campaigns that were being implemented worldwide in 2005-2006. The campaigns are designed to raise awareness and increase local engagement in the conservation of biologically diverse species and areas.

The Elimoang, or Pohnpei Mangrove Crab, was chosen as Pohnpei’s flagship species for the campaign. The Pohnpei Elimoang Campaign is meant to educate people about the species, its habitat, life cycle, food, sexual maturity, and role in the ecosystem. The campaign will not stop fishers from harvesting mangrove crabs, businesses from selling crabs, nor people from eating them. The campaign’s goal is to connect the importance of quality marine areas – most notably the mangroves and coral reefs – to the

The campaign includes many activities and products aimed at different target groups:

Fishermen:

  • Fishing tournaments
  • Sakau bottle labels
  • Community evenings: puppet show
  • Billboards
  • Ice cube gift certificates

Women’s Groups:

  • Dance competition
  • Women’s day/ Cultural day

Youth (both boys and girls):

  • Pohnpeian alphabet wildlife booklet
  • Puppet shows
  • Flagship species costume
  • Posters
  • School songs
  • Elimoang video (using popular song)
  • Art competition
  • Pre-cinema slide shows
  • Comic
  • Give prizes: stickers, t-shirts. Cd’s and pins

General Public:

  • Fishing tournaments
  • Sakau bottle labels
  • Community evenings: puppet show
  • Billboards
  • Ice cube gift certificates

The Elimoang campaign has been a tremendous accomplishment of the campaign team from various organizations both locally and internationally. It shows how much the Elimoang campaign has inspired the communities of Pohnpei to embrace conservation for our marine environment. CSP and its partners want to thank everyone who has supported and donated their precious time for these monumental achievements.

For successfully completing the RARE Pride campaign, CSP received an E.O. Wilson Grant in the amount of $10,000 that will support CSP’s continued work to change environmental awareness and behaviour in Pohnpei’s communities.

For more information, see: Rare’s website

Photos: Conservation Society of Pohnpei