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Thursday, October 20, 2005
Posted 3:01 PM by Luigi
Conservationist from Papua New Guinea honoured
By Seacology, BERKELEY, Calif.
Seacology is proud to honor Patrick Danaya Pate of Papua New Guinea and Dr. Felix Sugirtharaj of India for their exceptional efforts to preserve island environments at a ceremony to be held in San Francisco on October 25. The event will be held at the St Francis Yacht Club, with presentations by Dr. Paul Cox, chairman of the Seacology Board, and Duane Silverstein, executive cirector of Seacology.
Mr. Pate has been selected to receive the 2005 Seacology Prize of $7,500 for his efforts to organize local indigenous communities in the highlands of his native Papua New Guinea. The Prize is awarded annually to an indigenous islander for exceptional achievement in preserving the environment and culture of any of the world’s 100,000-plus islands.
This year, a special Seacology Lifetime Achievement Award of $7,500, will be presented to Dr. Sugirtharaj for his dedication in protecting the mangrove forests and livelihoods of fisher-people in the Andaman Islands, and particularly for his tireless work coordinating relief efforts in the wake of the devastating December 26, 2004 tsunami.
Patrick Danaya Pate is from one of 28 widely scattered villages in the Mt. Bosavi region in southern Papua New Guinea. He is vice president of Kosua Orogo Resource Holders Association (KORA), a community-based organization initiated by Bosavi clan leaders to promote greater awareness of the negative impacts of industrial logging, and to encourage traditional beliefs in the sustainable use of biodiversity. As a result of KORA’s influence, community members have committed to rejecting large-scale logging proposals. The communities have agreed to set aside five Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), each covering an area of about 250,000 acres of pristine forest, totaling over 1.25 million acres. In appreciation for this sacrifice, Seacology funded a project to build three much-needed resource centers. Pate has coordinated this project, and has tirelessly worked to promote protection of the WMAs despite threats from surrounding landowners who wish to sell their forests for logging.
Dr. Felix Sugirtharaj is director of the Coastal Poor Development Action Network (COPDANET), and has been a longtime advocate of mangrove protection coupled with sustainable livelihoods for fisherpeople. Most recently, he has coordinated the establishment of a Seacology-funded mangrove resource center and replanting project on India’s Andaman Islands. After the devastating December 26, 2004, tsunami struck the Indian Ocean region, Dr. Sugirtharaj immediately went into action, assessing local damage to the hard-hit communities near the community center. With financial support from Seacology’s Tsunami Relief Fund, Dr. Sugirtharaj and COPDANET distributed goats and chickens to local families, provided sewing machines to provided much-needed income and supervised the rebuilding of local homes.
The Seacology Prize is underwritten by Ken Murdock, president of Seacology, in honor of his mother, Lalovi Fish Murdock, whose family’s century-long connection with the Samoan Islands, and their love for its people, inspired Murdock’s work to help indigenous islanders preserve their environment in the face of a changing world. The Seacology Prize stipend has been raised from $5,000 to $7,500 due to the generosity of an anonymous donor. The stipend will be further raised to $10,000 for the 2006 Seacology Prize.
For more information regarding the work of Mr. Pate and Dr. Sugirtharaj, and past winners of the Seacology Prize, please visit www.seacology.org. Seacology is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization with the sole and unique purpose of preserving the environments and cultures of islands throughout the globe.
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