The Chuuk Conservation Society is seeking an executive director.  Click here for PDF of announcement.

Volume 42 of the Official MC Newsletter

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05.01.2015: GLISPA Impact Dashboard

For the past decade, GLISPA has emerged as a successful and impactful partnership of all islands and their supporters working together toward a common vision.  

In 2015, we have taken great strides in improving our ability to demonstrate the collective impact and success of our Partnership through the launch of the GLISPA Impact Dashboard:  This Dashboard helps us to track progress toward our long-term strategic goals and priorities.

The Impact Dashboard has been developed in partnership with a world-leading company, Socrata, who are dedicated to supporting governmentsunleash the power of open data to support decision-making, transparency and demonstrate impact.

Congratulations to Hawaii Green Growth on the launch of the pilot of their own Aloha+ Challenge Dashboard ( in early April to support decision makers and the public to track progress on achieving the Aloha+ Challenge 2030 targets. The Micronesia Challenge, building on their extensive efforts in monitoring effective implementation of the targets on marine, terrestrial and socio-economic indicators, are now also working with Socrata to develop their own Dashboard.

The work with both the Aloha+ and Micronesia Challenges in developing their respective Dashboards will help us to develop a common approach to demonstrating progress and implementation of the island commitments launched through GLISPA. Importantly these efforts build the foundations to demonstrate the impact of island leadership and action towards national, regional and global priorities.

We invite you to explore our GLISPA Impact Dashboard. Please provide feedback to Jessica Robbins, Global Island Partnership and PCI Media Impact at

04.30.2015: Welcome!

Please join us in welcoming Berna Gorong and Graham Gaines to the TNC Micronesia Program! Berna joins us as the new Partnership and Communications Coordinator and Graham will serve as the Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator for the BMUB Micronesia-Melanesia Project. 

Berna established and has been running a small NGO called the Yap Networker that provides education and awareness on community, youth, and women issues in Yap, including a biweekly newsletter called the Yap Networker.  She has also been working with her husband Thomas Gorong and their community on efforts to manage the Nimpal Channel Conservation Area.   Since 2011, Berna has been a consultant with PIMPAC as a mentor on climate adaptation.  In her role as PCC, Berna will be responsible for developing and managing partnerships, and providing capacity-building support to our key partners implementing conservation in Micronesia.  She will also serve as the focal point for communications, sharing our work with partners and communicating conservation work happening in Micronesia within the Conservancy and to a wider audience.

Graham recently completed a one year volunteer program with the Peace Corps Response Program.  He was placed in the Marine Resource Management Division, Yap State Government, where he helped develop staff capacity to improve resource surveying, monitoring and reporting.  Previously, Graham spent two years in Fiji, as a Peace Corps Volunteer working as an Environment Resource Manager.  In addition, Graham spent time as a  fisheries observer with the US National Marine Fisheries Service.  Graham holds a Master’s Degree in Marine Resource Management from the University of Akureyri, Iceland.  His master’s dissertation was on conflict management in Icelandic fisheries through policy analyses and marine spatial planning.  He will help to develop the overall framework for project Monitoring and Evaluation, to include annual project reviews, participatory impact assessments, guiding the process for identifying and designing the key indicators for each work package within the BMUB project, recording and reporting physical progress against overall project deliverables, and setting out the framework and procedures with stakeholders for the evaluation of project activities.

04.22.2015 Adaptation Fund Board Approves MCT Support

On April 10th the Adaptation Fund Board took the decision to approve the Streamlined Accreditation Process and with it the accreditation of Micronesia Conservation Trust’s national implementing entity (NIE) application. MCT is now eligible to apply for projects up to US$1M to support climate adaptation work in the Federated States of Micronesia.

MCT is the first entity accredited under this new process and therefore establishes this gateway for other small entities. MCT hopes that this accreditation and experience will allow MCT to get accreditation from other multilateral donor organizations such as the Global Green Climate Fund. 

To learn more about the Adaptation Fund you can visit their website

04.15.2015 Steven Victor of TNC Micronesia Blogs

We Have All Been Eating Tomorrow’s Fish
By Steven Victor | Opinion | April 13, 2015

I am from Palau, a small island, roughly 160 square kilometers, in the Pacific 
Ocean.  While my island is small, it attracts visitors from around the world to 
experience and enjoy its stunning underwater marine life. We have some of 
the healthiest remaining coral reefs in the world.  See full article here.

04.10.15: Volume 40 of the Official MC Newsletter.

Read the latest from across the region! Click here.

04.09.2015 Throwback Thursday!

Every Thursday this year is Throwback Thursday!

Why? Because the MC is celebrating TNC's 25 years in Micronesia and this could be fun.

To play, visit our Facebook page and post your guess.  And remember to check in every Thursday when a new photo is posted.

03.17.15: Meet CNMI's New Young Champion

CNMI is excited to announce their new Micronesia Challenge Young Champion, Carey Demapan. Carey is a college freshman at the Northern Marianas College studying Natural Resource Management. She will be working with us till the month of September, developing a work plan of her own focused on creating communications and outreach materials for the MC in CNMI – particularly targeting tourists and tour operators, as well as helping out at outreach events. In addition she is now writing our monthly Micronesia Challenge monthly updates! – Welcome aboard, Carey!

Over the month of February the Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality (BECQ) participated in two major community outreach events targeted toward elementary students. Under the lead of their Education/Outreach, and Recycling Coordinator, with the help of our new Micronesia Challenge Young Champion Carey, we engaged a young audience on the importance of proper trash management (including recycling) and the negative effects of marine debris. At these events,BECQ staff managed a booth engaging students in educational games and activities. This included recycling games, an informative watershed model, and a guessing game where participants estimate the life cycle of marine debris.  Children were taught on how to be good stewards towards our environment and natural resources. All of these threats and solutions were discussed as broader ways for community members to engage in activities in their daily lives which can help to achieve the Micronesia Challenge. The first event was the Canary Walkathon on February 7, 2015, which took place on the grounds of San Vicente Elementary School. The event happened on the morning of February 7, 2015.  About 200-300 students accompanied by their friends and parents, participated in this fundraiser for the elementaryschool. The second event was the Whispering Palms School Eco Camp, on February 13. Students from grades 1st through 5th camped out on Managaha, CNMI’s most visited MPA. BECQ staff  had a station interacting with about 40 students over the course of the event.