The Federated States of Micronesia
The Republic of the Marshall Islands
The Republic of Palau
Commonwealth of Northern Marianas
The Government of Guam
Micronesia Conservation Trust (MCT)
The Nature Conservancy
Global Island Partnership (GLISPA)
The US Department of Interior - Office of Insular Affairs
US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration
US Fish and Wildlife Services
US Environmental Protection Agency
US Forest Service
The David & Lucile Packard Foundation
The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
German International Climate Initiative
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)
Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)
Marianas Islands Nature Alliance (MINA)
Pacific Marine Resources Institute (PMRI)
Conservation International (CI)
Micronesians in Island Conservation (MIC)
New York Botanical Garden
The Government of Turkey
Japan International Cooperation Agency
Australia Agency for International Development
European Union Conservation and Environmental Protection Programme
Global Environment Facility
United Nations Environment Programme
The Margaret A. Cargill Foundation
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Palau International Coral Reef Center
Palau Conservation Society
Chuuk Conservation Society
Kosrae Conservation and Safety Organization
Yap Community Action Program
Yela Environment Landowners Authority
Kaday Community and Cultural Development Organization (KC&CDO)
Helen Reef Resource Management Program
Conservation Society of Pohnpei
Pacific Islands Managed and Protected Areas Community
United Nations Development Programme
Micronesian Image Institute
College of Marshall Islands
Palau Community College
Conservation Strategy Fund
Objective & Description
The Micronesia Challenge is a commitment by five governments—the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the U.S. Territory of Guam and the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands — to effectively conserve at least 30% of the near-shore marine resources and 20% of the terrestrial resources across Micronesia by 2020. The Challenge has grown into a network supported by over 50 partners globally and has seen enormous progress.
Governance & Coordination Mechanisms
• Government leaders, conservation practitioners, private partners, and local communities collaborate to promote island conservation and sustainable livelihoods. The Challenge has aided in strengthening or establishing over 150 protected areas throughout the Micronesia region.
• The Micronesia Conservation Trust was selected to host a regional endowment to provide long-term, sustainable funding for biodiversity conservation. Since 2007, US$14.8 million has been secured, including pledges from The Nature Conservancy, Conservation International, and Global Environment Facility, with a goal to raise an estimated additional $41 million.
• The Micronesia Conservation Trust works with national jurisdictions to create internal income generating mechanisms such as Palau’s Green Fee.
• Community participation and support is essential to the success of the Micronesia Challenge. The Micronesia Conservation Trust partnered with the organization Rare to start Pride campaigns to inspire people to take pride in the species and habitats that make their communities unique while introducing alternatives to environmentally destructive practices, in support of the Micronesia Challenge.
• The government of Palau — a key driver of the Micronesia Challenge — along with partners, designed a comprehensive Protected Areas Network (PAN). With all sixteen states and dozens of conservation areas involved, the PAN benefits local communities and livelihoods while protecting the rich marine biodiversity of the region.
• The Young Champions Intern Program has mentored over 20 young people passionate about protecting their natural resources. Young champions have worked on community projects including education and awareness programs and erosion mitigation to reduce sedimentation impacts on coral reefs.
• The MC Measures Working Group has identified a set of regional marine, terrestrial, and socio-economic indicators to track progress toward achieving the goals of the Challenge. Baseline data for marine indicators have been collected for all jurisdictions, and terrestrial and socio-economic indicators and methodologies are currently being tested. A tool to assess the management effectiveness of protected areas has also been adapted and endorsed for helping to evaluate whether resources are being effectively conserved.
Arrangements for Capacity Building and Technology Transfer