Government of the Federated States of Micronesia

WERI Annual Conference Slated for December 04, 1997

PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Service): November 28, 1997 - The Water and Energy Research Institute (WERI) of the Western Pacific at the University of Guam and the FSM Advisory Council meeting will be held on December 4, 1997, at the Central Facility Conference Room at the FSM Capital in Palikir, Pohnpei, according to Robert Hadley, FSM Coordinator for WERI.

Tentative list of conference participants include State Representatives to the WERI Advisory Council in the persons of the State Disaster Officers, the FSM National Planner, Environmental Health, FSM Climate Change Officer, Representative of the FSM Environmental Management and Sustainable Development Council, FSM Disaster Office Representative, a representative of the FSM Congress and others.

The agenda for the Conference include the opening at 9 a.m., with the welcoming and introduction of participants; an overview of the objectives and background; progress reports on FSM Projects; presentations by representatives on research and training needs; and discussions and prioritization of research and training for next year.

During the afternoon beginning at 2 p.m., discussions on the State and National Government draught response programs with specific focus on updated predictions on rainfall for the summer of 1997 by members of the ENSO application team; presentation by state representatives on their state's draught response; presentation by National Government representatives on the National Government's response to the draught; a draught impact assessment study and culminating with a group discussion on common problems and solutions.

At 9 a.m. on Friday, December 5, 1997, will be a continuation of group discussions on draught response.

For further information on this release, please contact:

FSM Office of the President
Public Information: Press, Radio, Video
P.O Box 34
Palikir Station, Pohnpei, FM 96941
Tel.: (691) 320-2548/2092
Fax.: (691) 320-4356