The life-sustaining natural systems in the region of Palau have reached a critical tipping point that calls for immediate action and long-term support. If this call goes unheard, Micronesian island people will see continued damage to their natural diversity, to their way of life, and to their ability to provide for themselves and their families.
But these island communities are up to the challenge. They have demonstrated tremendous resolve and an ability to make rapid progress when provided with the resources and tools necessary to tackle their problems.
In 2006 a Challenge was launched which is is 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. The Micronesia Challenge is a commitment by the Chief Executives of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Republic of Palau, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands to effectively conserve at least 30% of the near-shore marine resources and 20% of the terrestrial resources across Micronesia by 2020. Covering 6.7 million square kilometers of ocean, the Micronesia Challenge represents more than 20% of the Pacific island region and 5% of the largest ocean in the world.
Your support will assist in the protection of sea turtles, dugongs, giant clams, 600 species of corals, 1400 species of fish, nautilus and the installation of buoys to prevent anchor damage.