What is the Micronesia Challenge?

Created in 2006, the Micronesia Challenge is a conservation commitment made by the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the United States Territory of Guam and the United States Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.


The Micronesia Challenge’s ultimate goal is to manage at least 50% of near-shore marine resources and 30% of terrestrial resources across Micronesia by 2030.


In 2019, the chief executives renewed their commitment and expanded the initiative’s focus to include climate change, sustainable livelihoods, invasive species, and fisheries management.

Inspiring Conservation Initiative 

The Micronesia challenge has inspired other conservation initiatives around the world. Some examples are the Coral Triangle Initiative, Caribbean Challenge, Aloha+ Challenge, and the Western Indian Ocean Coastal Challenge. 

Locally Driven 

All conservation initiatives and projects that are implemented locally contribute to the overall goal of the Micronesia Challenge. The Challenge is also implemented through different culturally informed conservation practices. Anyone that works on conservation in Micronesia contributes to the Micronesia Challenge Goals. 

Guam Green Growth 

On Guam, the Micronesia Challenge is implemented through the Guam Green Growth Framework (G3). Guam Green Growth is a public-private partnership that develops tangible solutions to sustainability challenges and contributes to a green economy for the island region. The overarching goals of the G3 Thriving Natural Resources Working Group are the Micronesia Challenge Goals. 

Who is the Micronesia Challenge on Guam? 

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero

Renewed Guam’s commitment to the Micronesia Challenge

Evangeline Lujan

Micronesia Challenge Focal Point for Guam and Member of the Steering Committee

Fran Castro

Associate Director for Operations and Development at the University of Guam Center for Island Sustainability & Sea Grant

Peter Houk Ph.D

Professor University of Guam Marine Laboratory and Lead of the MC Marine Measures Group

Trina Leberer

Director of Pacific Regional Partnerships for The Nature Conservancy

Christine Camacho Fejeran

DOAG Chief of Forestry & Soil Resources and Lead of the MC Terrestrial Measures Group on Guam

Clementine Schnabel

Micronesia Challenge Guam Coordinator

David Burdick

Professor University of Guam Marine Laboratory and Lead of the MC Marine Measures Group on Guam

Ale’a Duenas

Guam Micronesia Challenge Young Champion

Jeaulian Perez

Guam Micronesia Challenge Young Champion

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