Micronesian conservation finance entity becomes new host of Global Island Partnership to help achieve global and local conservation and sustainability goals

Micronesia Conservation Trust


July 29th 2020

The Micronesia Conservation Trust, based in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia has been announced as the new fiscal host of the Global Island Partnership - a global partnership working to connect island leaders on conservation, sustainable livelihoods and sustainability.  Islands are on the frontline of climate change and are serving as laboratories for innovation and leading on developing solutions that can be scaled globally.

The Global Island Partnership was founded by the Presidents of Palau and Seychelles and now has four island leaders who lead the partnership - Palau, Seychelles, Grenada and the British VIrgin islands as well as 45 members and hundreds of islands, island entities and organisations across the world who work on conservation, sustainable livelihoods and sustainability.

It is expected this new partnership between MCT and GLISPA will help to share bright spots, lessons and networks that benefit island people in Micronesia and across the world.

Incorporated in the Federated States of Micronesia in 2002, the Micronesia Conservation Trust (MCT) supports biodiversity conservation, climate change adaptation and related sustainable development for the people of Micronesia including: the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the US Territory of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. MCT’s vision and mission statements read:  Vision -  Enduring partnerships that conserve our land and sea to improve quality of life for communities across Micronesia.  Mission -  We build partnerships, raise and manage funds, make grants, influence policy, and provide conservation and financing expertise.

Honorable Minister of Finance, Palau and  Chairman of the Board for Micronesia Conservation Trust  Elbuchel Sadang: "Small island states have been at the forefront of conservation policy and financing and the successes of the Micronesia Conservation Trust  and Global Island Partnership continue to stand as testaments of the smal lisland commitment to sustainability. Bringing these two exceptional entities together is a major milestone in conservation management, and will amplify the call for sustainability across the Pacific and the globe.  The MCT is proud to host GLISPA and looks forward to creating new opportunities and fostering new innovation to further Small Island State initiatives into the future."

Ambassador Hersey Kyota, Palau Ambassador to the US, GLISPA Board Chair: “I would like to thank Micronesia Conservation Trust for agreeing to host GLISPA.  It is a great opportunity to work together and we look forward to a great working relationship.”

Kate Brown, Executive Director of the Global Island Partnership:”We are very happy that MCT will be our new host. We have had an interim host in the US based organisation Island Conservation for whom we are very grateful.  Now in working with MCT we expect to strengthen the ability of GLISPA to undertake our important work and expect this relationship to also be beneficial to the Pacific and across the islands of the world.

Willy Kostka, Executive Director of Micronesia Conservation Trust: “We are extremely honored to be hosting GLISPA on behalf of island nations and nations with islands across the globe. It is fitting to bring GLISPA to the Pacific Islands because GLISPA is about working on island solutions that contribute to our global quest to building a better world for our island communities. Some of these island solutions, like the Micronesia Challenge initiative, have leveraged other national, regional and global initiatives like the Caribbean Challenge, the Coral Triangle Initiative, the Aloha+Challenge and so on. We are proud to be part of the GLISPA family.”

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