Status of initiative: N/a
Description/achievement of initiative

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.

Implementation methodologies

• 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.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure


The Federated States of Micronesia The Republic of the Marshall Islands The Republic of Palau The US Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands The US Territory of Guam Micronesia Conservation Trust (MCT) The Nature Conservancy Conservation International (CI) Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) Bat Conservation International Chuuk Conservation Society College of Marshall Islands Conservation Society of Pohnpei Conservation Strategy Fund European Union Conservation and Environmental Protection Programme German International Climate Initiative Global Environment Facility Helen Reef Resource Management Program Island Conservation Japan International Cooperation Agency Kaday Community and Cultural Development Organization (KC&CDO) Kosrae Conservation and Safety Organization Mariana Islands Nature Alliance (MINA) Micronesian Image Institute Micronesians in Island Conservation (MIC) National Fish and Wildlife Foundation New York Botanical Garden OneReef Pacific Islands Managed and Protected Areas Community (PIMPAC) Pacific Marine Resources Institute (PMRI) Palau Community College Palau Conservation Society Palau International Coral Reef Center Palau Protected Areas Network Fund RARE SeaWeb Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) The David & Lucile Packard Foundation The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety The Government of Turkey The Margaret A. Cargill Foundation United Nations Development Programme United Nations Environment Programme University of Guam Marine Laboratory US Department of Interior - Office of Insular Affairs US Environmental Protection Agency US Fish and Wildlife Services US Forest Service US National Invasive Species Council US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration US Natural Resources Conservation Services Yap Community Action Program Yela Environment Landowners Authority
Sustainable Development Goals and targets
Goal 14
Resources devoted to implementation
Financing (in USD)
14,800,000 USD
Progress reports
Cut off date each year: 1 July
This initiative does not yet fulfil the SMART criteria.
Date of completion: ongoing
Operating in countries
Contact information/focal point(s)
Jessica Robbins,

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