Conservation Literature

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) 
   The Convention on Biological Diversity took effect in late 1993 and urged nations to conserve biodiversity, use resources sustainable and share the benefits of genetic resources. It implemented these goals by recommending that countries created National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans. 

 Yap State Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (YBSAP)
   The YBSAP details a plan to protect biodiversity specifically on the island of Yap. The article was created by a large collaboration of agencies and provides background on the history of Yap along with specific directions for sustaining the future of the island. 

National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) 
   Much like the YBSAP, the NBSAP provides a specific plan to protect and promote biodiversity for the future. The NBSAP, however, is a much broader plan that encompasses all of the Federated States of Micronesia. The article discusses the major threats to the loss of biodiversity and details how the conservation plans will be implemented. It also provides information on how biodiversity can become an important factor in the infrastructure of Micronesia. 

Blueprints for Conserving the Federated States of Micronesia 
   Much of the conservation efforts in the Federated States of Micronesia have been small scale and disjoint. In 2006, researches sought to consolidate conservation efforts and create a “blueprint” to keep FSM’s unique biological landscape intact. This plan is the result of two year’s work where researches and scientists sought to define the ecological systems of Yap, delineate the areas of biodiversity significance, and develop actions that will help conserve these areas.

The Micronesian Challenge 
   The Micronesian Challenge is a regional inter-government initiative in the western Pacific region that would facilitate more effective conservation of marine and forest resources in Micronesia. More specifically, its goals are to conserve at least 30% of the near-shore marine resources and 20% of the terrestrial resources across Micronesia by 2020.

Micronesian Conservation Trust
   The Micronesian Conservation Trust was created in 2002 and seeks to support biodiversity conservation and sustainable development for the people of FSM. It is a private corporation that is comprised of 9 governing board members from the FSM government, business and academic institutions. It is working towards raising 20 million in funds to support long term sustainability in FSM.