On 5 November 2005, President of Palau Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. called on his regional peers to join him in the Micronesia Challenge, which would conserve 30 percent of near shore coastal waters and 20 percent of forest land by 2020. Joining the initiative were Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia and Marshall Islands, and the U.S. territories of Guam and Northern Mariana Islands. These nations and territories represent nearly 5 percent of the marine area of the Pacific Ocean and 7 percent of its coastlines.
- The Nature Conservancy page on the Micronesia Challenge
- New York Times editorial on the Micronesia Challenge, 21 April 2007
- Beautify CNMI - a community-based organization working on the Micronesia Challenge in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
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