Federated States of Micronesia Ridge to Reef Project

Summary

Marine and terrestrial biodiversity and ecosytem services underpin social well-being and the economy of the Federated States of Micronesia, and are vital to food security. These resources and services, however are currently being undermined by unsustainable natural resource use and practices; spread of invasive alien species; the impacts of climate change; and, the limitations of government to effectively implement its programs and policies. 

This project is designed to engineer a paradigm shift in the approach to and management of natural resources from an ad-hoc species/site/problem centric approach to a holistic ecosystem-based management 'ridge-to-reef' approach guided by planning within National and State governments will ensure that whole island systems are managed to enhance ecosystem goods and services, to conserve gobally important biodiversity and to sustain local livelihoods. 

The project will promote an integrated approach towards fostering sustainable land management and biodiversity conservation by seeking greater awareness, knowledge and participation of all stakeholders in achieving a greater balance between environmental management and development needs. In doing so it will reduce conflicting land-uses and land-use practices, and improve the sustainability of terrestrial and marine management so as to maintain the flow of vital ecosystem services and sustain the livelihoods of local communities. Further, the project will demonstrate sustainable land management practices testing new management measures, as needed, to reduce existing environmental stressors and institutional limitations. 

The project will also enhance FSM's capacities to effectively manage its protected area estate as well as increase the coverage of the terrestrial and marine protected area network on the High Islands. 

Objective

The project objective is to strengthen local, state, and national capacities and actions to implement an integrated ecosystems management through 'ridge to reef' approach on the High Islands of the four States of the FSM. 

To achieve this, significant barriers, identified in the barrier analysis will have to be overcome to address the problem and its root causes. With this in mind the project's intervention has been organised in two components and will be implemented in the high islands of all four States at multiple spatial scales from the site to municipal or landscape level. 

Who finances it?



Global Environment Facility   USD $4,242,754

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