[Radio Australia] Micronesia looks to coconuts for sustainable energy
Updated 7 March 2013, 15:53 AEST
An energy group working to revitalise the coconut industry in the Federated States of Micronesia says it will help the nation to become self-sufficient.
An energy group working to revitalise the coconut industry in the Federated States of Micronesia says it could have far reaching implications for the rest of the Pacific region.
The main focus for Vital-FSM PetroCorp will be on the production of biofuel, which could pave the way for FSM to become self-sufficient in the future.
Spokesman Olivier Wortel has told Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat a strategy will be mapped out over the next few months which will provide a clearer picture of achievable targets.
He says there is every prospect of developing a modern and economically viable industry.
“We’re now engaged with the secretariat of the Pacific community…we’ve engaged some coconut specialists, they’ve done mapping of the entire nation already with GIS technology,” Mr Wortel said.
“This is going to help us really determine how much of the FSM coconut tree stock is senile, what needs to be replanted, where are the better varieties and some of these more technical details.
“And this will allow us to start a comprehensive campaign…for replanting and cutting of the senile trees, and then using those trees for different purposes as identified through this process, either for lumber, for furniture, for bio-waste, for waste energy to actually use these old coconut trees and use them to actually create energy themselves.”
Mr Wortel says every part of the coconut tree will be used as a resource for economic gain or to produce sustainable energy.
He says although this plan has been designed particularly for the FSM, other Pacific nations can benefit from the same strategy.
“Once we’re done I think it will be an excellent – if nothing else – case study that could certainly be replicated in terms of lessons learned…and successes ultimately duplicated across the region if desired.”