From March 22nd until April 1st 2018 a group of graduate students from the Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Sophia University, Tokyo is visiting Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia on a study tour.

The Federated States of Micronesia comprises over 600 islands. A small country in terms of landmass, it is a huge ocean nation, with the 14th largest Exclusive Economic Zone in the world at 2,600,000 km2.

The purpose of the study tour is to start our journey of learning about how this small island developing state is addressing the environmental challenges facing it. How are communities adapting to the changes that climate change brings? What is being done in Micronesia to mitigate against the impacts of climate change? How is the Federated States of Micronesia ensuring that future development is sustainable, while protecting the unique culture, biodiversity and environment of these small islands?

These are big questions that we don’t expect to be able to answer after such a short trip, but we hope that our visit to Pohnpei will set us on a path of learning that will surely be of huge value to us all.

Above photo by Bertha M. Reyuw