Conservation Internationals very own Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson, Ocean Health Manager for the Pacific was last week recognized by US Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa H.E Scott Brown as an influential Pacific Women Leader, for her work on oceans and climate change awareness in the Pacific. As one of his first acts as Ambassador to Samoa, Brown recognized three women in Samoa for their unique contributions to the Pacific. Brown and his wife Gail Brown awarded a certificate to Lagipoiva at a small ceremony at the Taumeasina Resort on Friday. Mrs. Brown who is spearheading the initiative acknowledged Lagipoivas contribution to building the capacity of regional media to report on climate change, and for contributing to raised level of understanding of environmental issues in Samoa and the Pacific. Lagipoiva who joined CI in August 2016, is currently leading the Ocean Health Index programme for the Pacific. She also acts as the climate policy lead for the Pacific and leads communications for CI Samoa office. As a veteran climate change and environmental journalist and media development specialist in the Pacific region, she has worked tirelessly to upskill journalists across the Pacific to better report on environmental issues. "This is a great honour to receive from Ambassador Brown. I'm excited to be joining the US Embassy Alumni programme as part of this award to further secure more opportunities for media practitioners in Samoa," Lagipoiva said. "CI Pacific has been a great support to my work in raising the level of awareness among our media and our communities on climate change and oceans, and I am happy to continue this work within my current role," Lagipoiva said. With over 15 years of climate change writing and research, she has reported extensively on a diverse range of topics related to climate change including health, human rights, Small Island Developing States, adaptation, technology transfer and state sovereignty. Lagipoiva was a Speaker at the Pacific launch of the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and is featured in ‘Summoned by Science’ a book by Dr. James Painter of the University of Oxford. Lagipoiva maintains a strong interest in environmental media development as the Editor of Pacific GeoJournalism (infopacific.org), founder of Pacific Environment Weekly, a writer for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin and as a columnist for Huffington Post.