Micronesians in Island Conservation
Status of initiative: N/a
Description/achievement of initiative

Micronesians in Island Conservation is a peer learning network designed to strengthen the organizational and technical skills of leaders and their organizations so they can better protect important natural areas. In Micronesia many conservation leaders work in isolation from one another because of the vast distances between the islands. There is a need for ways to rapidly share basic skills, knowledge, and innovations on key issues. Peer learning networks are widely recognized as one of the most powerful tools for personal, professional, and organizational development, and conservation leaders are desperately needed in Small Island Developing States.

Implementation methodologies

The partnership/network is already 15 years old and has accomplished a great many conservation goals thorugh inter-isalknbd collaboration.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Each member goes through a leadership assessment to learn their strengthes and weaknesses and then the MIC provides opportunities through peers, mentors, and experts to help the leader develop their leadership skills.

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

Micronesians in Island Conservation participate in annual leadership retreats, facilitated self-assessments, and conference calls to consult, learn from one another and rejuvenate. There is a member-npominated steering committee that governs the group and hadles logistics with the assistance of the Micronesia Conservation Trust. Funding is mostly from the members own organizations, although the Micronesia Conservation Trust does provide some funding, especially for the annual retreats.


Beautify CNMI Conservation Society of Pohnpei Epinup Conservation Project Guam Coastal Management Program Guam Division of Aquatic & Wildlife Resources Kosrae Conservation and Safety Organization Mariana Islands Nature Alliance Marshall Islands Conservation Society Micronesia Conservation Trust Palau Conservation Society The Nature Conservancy
Launch of the Chuuk Conservation Society - Chuuk\'s first Conservation NGO
Launch of the Micronesia Challenge
Managing and/or providing assistance to 160+ protected areas throughout Micronesia
Launch of the Micronesia Financial Management Network
Resources devoted to implementation
Financing (in USD)
Financing (in USD)
200,000 USD
Progress reports
Cut off date each year: 1 July
This initiative fulfils the SMART criteria.
Date of completion: On-going
Operating in countries
Contact information/focal point(s)
Betty Sigrah, capacity@ourmicronesia.org

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