FY2021 funds invasive trees and rats removal, coral reef mapping for better management, and the Coral Reef Fellowship Program, among other priorities
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) has announced $2,772,443 in Coral Reef and Natural Resources Initiative (CRNR) grant funds to protect coral reef resources in the U.S. territories and the freely associated states. The funding includes $1,541,421 that will support efforts to control and eradicate invasive species in the insular areas.
“Supporting healthy coral reefs and protecting natural resources from invasive species are essential components to confront climate change effectively,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary Keone Nakoa. “Due to their island geographies and the increasing frequency and severity of natural disasters, families in the U.S. territories and the freely associated states are particularly vulnerable to the existential threat of climate change. I am pleased to announce these FY 2021 funding awards, which help to address this priority for the Biden-Harris administration.”
Coral Reef and Natural Resources Initiative awards totaling $1,231,022 for fiscal year 2021 have been awarded as follows:
Grants totaling $1,541,421 for fiscal year 2021 to combat invasive species have been awarded as follows:
For more information about the Coral Reef and Natural Resources Program Initiative visit the OIA website at https://www.doi.gov/oia/financial-assistance.
The Assistant Secretary, Insular and International Affairs, @InsularAffairs, and the Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) carry out the Secretary of the Interior’s responsibilities for the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Additionally, OIA administers and oversees federal assistance under the Compacts of Free Association to the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau. OIA also administers a Technical Assistance Program with funding provided by Congress for all the insular areas. Find OIA on www.doi.gov/oia. You can also follow and “like” OIA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or subscribe to the OIA YouTube Channel.