WAM honored for boat work

At the WAM recognition ceremony Tuesday this week, from left: German Ambassador to the RMI Dr. Andreas Pfaffernoscke, WAM Director Alson Kelen, and President Hilda Heine. At back is WAM Associate Director Tony Alik. Photo: Eve Burns.

A large number of VIPs and supporters of the Waan Aelon in Majel program turned out in force Tuesday this week at the still-under-construction canoe building facility.

The occasion was recognition of WAM for its work in the “lagoon component of the Low Carbon Sea Transport Project,” which is funded by the German government’s international aid agency known as GIZ and the RMI National Energy Office.

The particular accomplishment of WAM celebrated Tuesday was completion of the sustainable boat building manual that documents processes for building various vessels WAM has been engaged in building and rolling out to meet remote outer island transport needs. The event also marked a passing of the torch to the National Energy Office to continue the sustainable transport work with WAM, said WAM Director Alson Kelen.

“The partnership has been crucial in showcasing RMI’s commitment to sustainable maritime transport and climate action,” said the WAM program about its work in sustainable ocean transportation.

German Ambassador to the RMI Dr. Andreas Pfaffernoscke joined the event, as did President Hilda Heine and many other leaders.

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