Protecting the Yela Forest: A New & Improved Conservation Tool for Micronesia

Conservancy Talk

A conservation easement will protect the Yela forest of Micronesia, the first such agreement in the Pacific region. The small, quiet island of Kosrae State in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) is on the verge of making big waves for its Pacific neighbors. .

Effective Communications for Conservation Action

Nature Conservancy - Science

To better understand how effective communications can influence conservation action, Montambault and her colleagues examined four case studies from Micronesia where conservation practitioners are using monitoring data to advance local marine conservation. A manta ray in The Philippines.

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Scaling up Conservation: Replication or Coordination?

Nature Conservancy - Science

In one example — Micronesia — using science to loosen the grip of three thorny riddles has helped transform the challenge of scaling up conservation into a source of pride and connection across the region. And the more appropriate messenger varied across the Micronesia Challenge.

Behind the Scenes: Photographing and Filming in Palau

Conservancy Talk

Learn more about The Micronesia Challenge , an ambitious commitment by Micronesian governments to strike a critical balance between the need to use their natural resources today and the need to sustain those resources for future generations.

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Clearing up the Collared Kingfishers

10,000 Birds

One new Pacific island form is the Mariana Kingfisher ( Todiramphus albicilla ) from the Mariana Islands in Micronesia. Saipan, Micronesia. All the way back in 2011 I wrote about the confusing taxanomic enigma that is the Collared Kingfisher , a species that ranges from the Red Sea to Tonga in a bewildering variety of forms. I’m happy to report that an analysis of the species and some relatives has found that, as suspected, it isn’t a single species.

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Chuuk - An Environmental Time Bomb is Ticking. Is anyone Listening?


Chuuk is an island group in Micronesia, in the south western part of the Pacific Ocean. It makes up one of the four states of the Federated States of Micronesia.

Pacific Islanders Open New Front in Environmental Battle against a Czech Power Plant

Eco Friendly Daily

The Micronesia group of islands lies in the Western Pacific ocean. “ Micronesia is pursuing the case using The Transboundary Environmental Impact Assessment request, a statute originally for resolving environmental disputes between close neighbors.

Sympathy for the Shark Finner

Nature Conservancy - Science

Several years ago, I met a shark finner while on a conservation fellowship to the Federated States of Micronesia. I showed up at the office of the Micronesia Conservation Trust, a local leader in establishing marine protected areas, to report on some of their conservation successes.

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Big Fish, Not Reef Fish

Conservancy Talk

I recently travelled to the island of Pohnpei, one of the states in the Federated States of Micronesia, to engage with local partners on tuna project. Noah says its katsuo, Japanese for tuna, which is a commonly used name around Micronesia.

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Two Suitcases, a Fax machine, an Ice Chest and a Mission

Conservancy Talk

In 2015, the Conservancy is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Micronesia Program — join us for stories from the front lines and a look back at how it all began.

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Non-CO2 Pollutants Are Promising Target in Cancun, Could Delay Warming by Several Decades

Green (Living) Review

Cancun, Mexico, November 28, 2010 – Led by the tiny Pacific island of the Federated States of Micronesia, a growing group of low-lying islands and other vulnerable countries are calling for fast action on the approximately 50 percent of global warming that is caused by pollutants other than carbon dioxide (CO 2 ). Micronesia submitted a proposal last year to address these very climate warmers – black carbon, methane, and tropospheric ozone – under the UN climate treaty.

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By Helping Sharks, We Help Ourselves

Conservancy Talk

The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) recently declared their waters a shark sanctuary and off-limits to shark finning and fishing. Most of the sharks harvested in Micronesia were caught on commercial tuna fishing boats.

Photos Worth Sharing: Q&A with Conservation Photographer Ian Shive

Wend Magazine

For example, I am currently working on a project with The Nature Conservancy and The Palau International Coral Reef Center on the effects of coral bleaching in Micronesia. Ian Shive is not your typical outdoor photographer. There is a stronger motive behind his work—conservation.

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Small Island Nation Leads Push for Biggest Climate Opportunity of 2010

Green (Living) Review

C tipping point Geneva, Switzerland, June 2010 – For the fourth year in a row, the small island state of Micronesia (FSM) has taken the lead to combat climate change by fighting to phase down the production and use of HFCs under the Montreal Protocol ozone treaty. The Montreal Protocol Parties discussed the Micronesia proposal and a similar proposal submitted by the US , Canada , and Mexico.

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‘Super’ Greenhouse Gases Targeted by India and US Task Force

Green (Living) Review

Last year, the Federated States of Micronesia along with other vulnerable island countries proposed an amendment to the ozone treaty to phase down the production and use of HFCs. Washington, DC, February 2011 – On Friday, significant progress was made toward addressing emissions of ‘super’ greenhouse gases when India and the US agreed to establish an Indo-US Technical Task Force on hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs.

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Doubling Down on Coral Reefs

Nature Conservancy - Science

Bleached coral in the Western Pacific coastal waters surrounding Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia. © A coral reef off Restoff Island in Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea.

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Call for Climate Protection Under Ozone Treaty

Green (Living) Review

Earlier this year the Federated States of Micronesia along with other vulnerable island countries proposed a formal amendment to the ozone treaty to phase down the production and use of HFCs. Island nations including Micronesia will face the brunt of climate change impacts and have begun aggressively pursuing near-term climate mitigation strategies like reducing HFCs.

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Roadkill on the Ocean Highway: Can Experimental Fishing Reduce Sea Turtle Bycatch in the Pacific?

Nature Conservancy - Science

But these tuna fisheries also generate a lot of roadkill and provide little revenue to the local countries where fish are caught, including the Solomon Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia and Palau.

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Why a (Nearly) Deserted Island Gives Me Hope for the Oceans

Conservancy Talk

In 2006, for example, five governments in Micronesia committed to conserving at least 30 percent of their nearshore waters by 2020. Deserted islands have long captured our imaginations, from Robinson Crusoe to Gilligan’s Island.

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Artist and professor creates stunning man-made rainbow


The Micronesia-born artist and Virginia Commonwealth University professor used repurposed rainwater and a solar system to accomplish this feat after having spent a good 10 years of his life researching the possibility.

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Purple Swamphen: Supertramp or superspecies?

10,000 Birds

Dark blackish swamphens occur from eastern Indonesia across Australia, Melanesia, southern Micronesia, and Polynesia as far east as American Samoa, having reached some of these islands only in the last few hundred years and, in the case of New Zealand at least, recolonizing islands previously settled by their cousins.

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Himalayan Glaciers Melting at Alarming Rates; Reducing Soot and Other Non-CO2 Forcers Key to Survival

Green (Living) Review

The new UNEP data underlines the urgent need for climate action that will produce quick results – a topic addressed by a separate event today in Cancun, hosted by UNEP and the Federated States of Micronesia , a country calling for a fast-action work program to protect its low-lying islands and other vulnerable countries from climate change impacts.

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Tapping the Benefits of Nature: Ocean and Coastal Partnerships

Conservancy Talk

Participants in an Ocean Summit in The Netherlands in April emphasized these features through initiatives like the Micronesia Challenge, the Caribbean Challenge, and the Coral Triangle Initiative. Photo: Mark Godfrey/TNC.

Hyperstability: The Achilles’ Heel of Data-Poor Fisheries

Nature Conservancy - Science

Hamilton’s results show the need to have better understanding of the life history patterns for a species prior to designing data collection,” says Steven Victor , the Conservancy’s Micronesia program director.

Whale Sharks: Swimming with the World’s Largest Fish

Nature Conservancy - Science

Satellite tracking has shown that they range over huge distances, with one individual tagged in the Gulf of California moving to the Federated States of Micronesia in the western Pacific Ocean, covering approximately 13,000 kilometers of ocean over a period of three years.

Can Mangroves Adapt to Rising Seas?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Along the coastal waters, land and sea intertwine in the tangle of twisted mangrove forest that encircles the islands of Micronesia. Photo by Ami Vitale. If you’re the gambling type who likes to beat the odds, here’s a tip: In the race against climate change, place your money on mangroves.

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Smart Investments Needed to Preserve Ocean Wealth

Nature Conservancy - Science

Along the coastal waters, land and sea intertwine in the tangle of twisted mangrove forest that encircles the islands of Micronesia. What is the ocean worth?

Confusing Collared Kingfishers

10,000 Birds

Subspecies albicilla , Saipan, Micronesia.

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Big, Fast, Cheap Climate Opportunity Within Reach

Green (Living) Review

While many countries support action on HFCs under Montreal , to build additional momentum Zaelke suggested that Europe might consider submitting its own HFC phase-down proposal this year (following in the footsteps of Micronesia and the North American countries last year) and consider contributing additional financing to assist developing countries transition to ozone- and climate-friendly alternatives.

The First Tech Accelerator For Sustainability

Conservancy Talk

A fisherman from Enipein Village on Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia fishes for skipjack and yellowfin tuna several miles off the Enipein reef crest. If you are a fan of bold and disruptive business models and technology breakthroughs, these are exciting times.

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SNAP: Announcing Six New Working Groups & New RFP

Nature Conservancy - Science

Kirino Olpet, a local speargun fisherman and a Conservation Society of Pohnpei boat driver, fishing in the lagoon waters of Ant Atoll, Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia.

Fishing, Conservation and Marine Protected Areas: Let’s Work Together

Nature Conservancy - Science

Kirino Olpet, a local speargun fisherman and a Conservation Society of Pohnpei boat driver, fishing in the lagoon waters of Ant Atoll, Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia.

Losing Nemo: Great Barrier Reef At Risk From Coal | Mother Jones

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This includes reefs in the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Navassa Island, Florida, Flower Garden Banks, the Hawaiian Islands, American Samoa, the Pacific Remote Islands, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam and Palau. Skip to Navigation. Skip to Content.

International Fisheries Management Commission Agrees to Strategy to Amend Measures to End Pacific Bigeye Tuna Overfishing

Green (Living) Review

HONOLULU, HI, December 16, 2010: On Friday, the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) concluded its week-long 7th Regular Session, in Ko Olina, Hawaii.

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New Carbon Market Rules for Destroying Ozone-Depleting Chemicals Open the Door for Major Climate Benefits

Green (Living) Review

In 2008 and 2009, island nations Micronesia and Mauritius submitted proposals calling for financing under the Montreal Protocol to initiate ODS bank destruction pilot projects in developing countries. Washington, DC, February 2010 – Billions of tons of ozone-destroying and climate-warming chemicals currently contained in unwanted stockpiles and discarded equipment will leak into the atmosphere if not recovered and destroyed.

Cancun Climate Talks Conclude on Positive Note

Green (Living) Review

The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) is promoting additional fast-action mitigation strategies to save vulnerable nations from the coming catastrophic impacts most climate scientists say are almost certain in a time frame of decades.

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Ozone Treaty Lauded for Climate Protection

Green (Living) Review

The North American proposal to phase down HFCs as well as a similar proposal by the Federated States of Micronesia could potentially avoid several hundred billion tonnes of CO2-equivalent in emissions by 2050. by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Washington, DC – After almost 23 years in existence, the Montreal Protocol treaty is increasingly recognized for its success in saving the ozone layer – and in providing critical protection for the climate system.

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Non-CO2 Agents Are Key Targets in Climate Change Fight

Green (Living) Review

I think we sometimes forget that carbon dioxide is only half of what is causing climate change,” said Cynthia Ehmes, head of delegation for the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM).

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G8 Recognizes Need to Act on Super Greenhouse Gases, Considers More Aggressive Stance on CO2

Green (Living) Review

Low-lying island states led by the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and Mauritius have proposed phasing down HFC production and consumption under the Montreal Protocol ozone treaty. Washington, D.C., July 2009 – As the Group of Eight began discussions on targets for reducing climate emissions, talk was circulating of a possible commitment to limit warming to 2?C. If the G8 comes to this conclusion, it will be a significant step forward for climate mitigation.

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Analysis by country of fossil fuel burning-based Carbon Debt and Carbon Credit

Green Blog

Fossil fuel burning yielding the greenhouse gas (GHG) carbon dioxide (CO2) is a major component of man-made global warming. In relation to carbon pollution from the burning of fossil fuels, Net Carbon Debt is equal to the Historical Carbon Debt (from fossil fuel burning since the start of the Industrial Revolution in circa 1750) minus the Carbon Credit (the residual carbon pollution from fossil fuel burning permitted between now and zero emissions in 2050).