Micronesia Challenge 2030: Ocean People Leading Ocean Action

Host: The Nature Conservancy
Location: Side Event Room 6 - Btaches 65&66

The Micronesia Challenge (MC) is a globally relevant example of what can be achieved by formidable leaders launching ambitious, long-term goals supported by strong partnerships for significant impact on oceans. Since it was launched in 2006 the MC has leveraged $82 million for island and ocean conservation, placed more than 70 areas under conservation across all jurisdictions, improved science-to-management decision-making, including the enactment of 20 new fisheries management policies, and inspired global commitment from other island regions with support of the Global Island Partnership. During this side event, the leaders will share examples of what their jurisdictions are doing to achieve the ambitious MC2030 goals, endorsed at the 24th Micronesian Islands Forum in 2019. These include effectively managing 50% of marine resources and 30% of terrestrial resources, increasing sustainable livelihoods opportunities, reducing risks from climate impacts, managing fisheries sustainably, reducing invasive species and restoring habitats by 2030.