AMERICAN SAMOA VILLAGES THAT DO GOOD BY THEIR WETLANDS TO BE RECOGNIZED

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By Vaaimamao Poufa

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (February 28, 2000 - Samoa News/PINA Nius Online) - Villages that do a good job of preserving and conserving their wetlands will be recognized by the Department of Commerce’s American Samoa Coastal Management Program in a "big ceremony" during Wetlands Month in May.

Brownwyn "Bua" Mitchell of DOC told Samoa News that this is the first year the program will give out Village Wetland Awards, but it now plans to make them on an annual basis.

Mitchell said that any resident can nominate their village and, according to an announcement placed in Samoa News, "All villages containing wetlands (swamps, marshes, streams, springs, etc.) are eligible to compete for this illustrious designation."

For villagers curious about what the illustrious designation and award will be, Mitchell said that ASCMP is trying to get away from a monetary recognition. They have not yet decided on a specific award, but she said that "it will be a very nice award."

Villages will be judged on the actions they take to enhance and improve the state of their wetlands, such as planting trees and putting up signs in the villages for wetland awareness.

For additional reports from the Samoa News, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Newspapers/Samoa News.

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