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.
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.
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