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

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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. . Once a US Trust Territory, Kosrae is one of three states that comprise the independent nation known as the Federated States of Micronesia.

Effective Communications for Conservation Action

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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. Micronesia is made up of 2,100 islands spread across 7.4 In Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia, local stakeholders began monitoring the marine environment after the spawning aggregations of local grouper populations declined.


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Scaling up Conservation: Replication or Coordination?

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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. Micronesia (from the Greek words for “small” and “land”) is composed of 2,100 islands spread across an anything-but-tiny 7.4 The way the Micronesia Challenge has gone about solving them offers some insights for other conservation challenges.

Behind the Scenes: Photographing and Filming in Palau

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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. Ian Shive is an award-winning conservation photographer. Before I left for Palau , friends and colleagues prepped me by regaling their stories of this magical world.

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

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The Micronesia group of islands lies in the Western Pacific ocean. Andrew Yatilman, director of Micronesia’s Office of Environment and Emergency Management says in the appeal , “The Federated States of Micronesia is seriously endangered by the impacts of climate change, including the flooding of its entire territory and the eventual disappearance of a portion of its state. Micronesia and the Czech Republic are nearly on the opposite sides of the globe.

Big Fish, Not Reef Fish

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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. I was going on a fishing excursion with Ricky Carl, external affairs director for the Conservancy’s Micronesia program and a traditional leader in his community as well and with Noah Idechong, a renowned conservationist from Palau and also a Conservancy staffer leading the Pacific tuna project.

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

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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. The coral reefs of Palau are part of a massive interconnected system that ties together Micronesia and the Western Pacific. © It is amazing to see how the Micronesia program has grown into more than 150 conservation sites with very few ex-pats running the day-to-day business.

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Sympathy for the Shark Finner

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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. I had traveled to Pohnpei, a remote island in the Federated States of Micronesia , to report on marine protected areas and other reef conservation work being led by the Conservancy and our partners.

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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

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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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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. Sonia Renthlei: As kids, rainbows signified something magical, an etherealness that had to do with fairies and leprechauns waiting at the end of the rainbow with a pot of gold.

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Call for Climate Protection Under Ozone Treaty

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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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Biodiversity Hotspots and Their Importance


Saving biodiversity hotpots, those places on Earth with an abundance of life, are at the forefront of conservation efforts today. We now understand that Earth’s ability to provide the clean air and water and moderate temperatures humans need to survive is dependent upon its entire web of life working in harmony which is the reason why the importance of biodiversity hotspots grows with every new claim of the natural environment. Each species plays an important role within the larger web of life.

Tapping the Benefits of Nature: Ocean and Coastal Partnerships

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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. Lynn Scarlett is Managing Director for Public Policy at The Nature Conservancy. In announcing his June 2014 ocean summit, Secretary of State John Kerry pointed to unsustainable fishing, pollution, and climate change.

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

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

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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. Tonight’s episode of the PBS series EARTH A New Wild opens at one such real-world paradise, Palmyra Atoll in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. My organization, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), bought Palmyra to stop plans for turning it into a casino.

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

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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. Isaac Paulino, a fisherman and Community Conservation Officer (CCO) from Enipein Village in the Federated States of Micronesia, fishes for skipjack and yellowfin tuna. Imagine our oceans as a highway — a deep, long highway that wraps all the way around the world.

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Doubling Down on Coral Reefs

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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. This area is one of the Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) which The Nature Conservancy helped design to protect the biodiversity of the bay. CREDIT: Mark Godfrey. This article originally appeared in TreeHugger on February 19, 2015. By Stephanie Wear , Lead Scientist for coral reef conservation at The Nature Conservancy.

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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.

Can Mangroves Adapt to Rising Seas?

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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. According to a new report from The Nature Conservancy, Wetlands International and the Cambridge Coastal Research Unit , mangroves could be able to keep pace with sea level rise in some places.

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The First Tech Accelerator For Sustainability

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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. Take the billion-dollar private company startup, for example. A few years ago, they were rare creatures. Today, these so-called “unicorn” companies are everywhere.

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Hyperstability: The Achilles’ Heel of Data-Poor Fisheries

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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. There’s a basic logic to managing fisheries: as a fish population decreases you’ll catch fewer fish. But what if that’s not always true?

Whale Sharks: Swimming with the World’s Largest Fish

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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. A whale shark, the largest fish on earth. Photo: Elite Diving Agency. By Alison Green, senior marine scientist. Recently I had one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life – swimming with whale sharks.

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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.

Smart Investments Needed to Preserve Ocean Wealth

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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? According to several credible, peer-reviewed estimates by leading experts in ecology and economics, the oceans are worth anywhere between $24 and $60 trillion annually. Those are huge numbers, on par with some of the world’s top national economies.

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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How your beauty routine might be killing sharks


Brendl was traveling in Indonesia and Micronesia in the 1990s. Even before Jaws , people were fascinated with sharks. But they are much more than the menacing villains they portray in movies. Their beauty is impossible to ignore. There’s a whole week of TV dedicated to sharks, because it’s so easy to celebrate these animals. Sharks are at the top of their food chain, so it’s hard to imagine these beautiful beasts could ever be in danger.

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

Green (Living) Review

Members: Australia , China, Canada, Cook Islands, European Union, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, France, Japan, Kiribati, Korea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Chinese Taipei, Tonga, Tuvalu, United States of America, Vanuatu. 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.

Ozone Treaty Lauded for Climate Protection

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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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SNAP: Announcing Six New Working Groups & New RFP

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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. Image credit: Nick Hall.

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

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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. Kirino searches for reef fish like parrot fish and trivali to feed his family, friends and colleagues. Photo by Nick Hall. by Mark Spalding, senior scientist, The Nature Conservancy’s Global Marine Team.

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

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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).