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BECQ holds environmental expo for students

HUNDREDS of students from public and private schools participated in the annual Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality Environmental Expo at American Memorial Park on Wednesday and Thursday.

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A Northern Marianas International School student checks out a monitoring equipment  of the Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality.
A Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality staff member explains soil erosion to students.
NOAA’s Steve McKagan educates children about the different schools of fish that can be found in the ocean.  Photos by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

The goal of the two-day event was to help the children understand the various environmental initiatives in the CNMI.

“The expo is like a one-stop shop for everything environmental in the CNMI,” according to Natalie Muna, communications specialist of the Division of Coastal Resources Management.

Other participating agencies were the Division of Environmental Quality, the Division of Fish and Wildlife,  the Forestry Division, the Division of Agriculture, Northern Marianas College-Cooperative Research Extension and Education Services, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other government and non-government agencies.

Muna said they focused on educating the children. “We want to instill in them the importance of taking care of our environment. We want them to be environmental stewards.”

She added that the expo also serves as a career orientation for children. “We showed them that there are number of careers that they can get into in the environmental sector.”

Muna said they are trying to build local capacity that can manage the islands’ natural resources.

Northern Marianas International School sent 11 students to the expo. “This is one way of teaching our children how to care for the environment,” NMIS vice principal Jener Pineda said as he thanked BECQ for inviting them to be part of this year’s expo.