JOINT ANALYSIS WORKSHOP Samoa, November 24 to December 5, 2003


Agenda prepared August 6, 2003 by Dieter Mueller-Dombois in consultation with Art Whistler and Nat Tuivavalagi, PABITRA Western Polynesia Coordinator


November 24

Leave HNL at 5:05 PM on HA 465.  Arrive Pago Pago 9:35 PM.  Overnight stay at Airport Hotel.

November 25
Leave Pago Pago at 8:00 AM with Air Polynesia.  Arrive Apia 9:00 AM.  Transfer and check in at Hotel Insel Fehmarn.  Reservations made by Steven Brown.  Brief orientation visits to NUS (National University of Samoa) and local agencies (to be worked out).
November 26

Conference Day at NUS.  Introduction of overseas collaborators.  Discussion with objectives of PABITRA Field Project on Savai`i.  Available Data.  Responses by resident scientists and collaborators.

November 27

Early morning with Ferry to Savai`i.  Bus pick-up (Steven Brown).  Breakfast at Safua Hotel (SE Savai`i).  Trip along NE coast.  Stop at Mauga on Matavanu lava flow of 1905-11 (see Whistler 1978: Pac. Sci. 32 (1): 80).  Continue via Paia and drive up to Matavanu Crater I (576 m).  Hike to Crater II (Mt. Maugaloa 966 m) with guide, Craterman.  This is potential Transect I from noni (Morinda citrifolia) dominated lowland to Metrosideros collina dominated upland area on most recent substrate.  We continue along North Shore via A`opo to Vaisala Beach Hotel for overnight stay.

November 28

Early morning to Falealupu (NW tip of Savai`i).  Village church and school was destroyed by hurricane Ofu in 1992.  We proceed to canopy walk at Falealupo Rainforest Preserve owned by the villagers.  With Samoan students (after permission granted), we plan to establish a one hectare permanent plot.  (Procedure as described in DIWPA Protocol 2002 Biodiversity Research Methods: 33-36).

November 29

Early morning we drive back to A`opo and explore a 7 km stretch from 300 m elevation sloping gently to coast at Anini.  This is on older (prehistoric) substrate next to historic 1760 lava flow.  We will look for land use vs. natural vegetation in this, more remote, lowland area.  This is suggested to become the lowland stretch of North Shore Transect II.  That day, Art Whistler will join us at lunch near Anini, using a simpler access via Letui village to the coast.  Afternoon return to A`opo looking for mauka access from there to Tuasivi Ridge.  Return to Vaisala Beach Hotel for overnight stay (second night).

November 30

Early morning continue working on upland part of A`opo Transect as far as we can get to Mt. Mu (near 1600 m) cloud forest and above.  We look for biodiversity research sites, some of which are predetermined on map from Conservation International (by James Atherton).

December 1

Drive back to Falealupo Rainforest Reserve.  With Art Whistler, clarifying some of the important plant species encountered in the one-hectare plot.  That afternoon we drive on to South Coast to stay overnight in Satuiatua Beach Fales.

December 2

Explore coast-to-mountain Transect III from either Siutu or Tanoaalea to Tuasivi Ridge, near 1200 m, or from Taga upland along Vaoto Stream to near Mt. Fatuafie (at 552 m) and beyond.  Overnight in Satuiatua Beach Fales (second night there).

December 3

AM finishing work on Transect III from South Coast.  PM back to Apia by Ferry.  Pick-up at Mulifanua Wharf with hired bus.  Overseas collaborators return to Insel Fehmarn Hotel for two more nights.

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