The Micronesia Challenge is a shared commitment by the Republic of Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Marshall Islands, Territory of Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands to effectively conserve 30% marine resources and 20% terrestrial resources across Micronesia by 2020.
- 6.7 million: area in square kilometers of the Pacific ocean. The Challenge represents more than 20% of the Pacific Island region and 5% of the largest ocean in the world.
- 66: number of species in Micronesia recorded on the IUCN Red List
- 1,300: species of fish living in the waters of Micronesia
- 483: species of corals (60% of all known corals)
- 1400: species of plants (200 endemic)
- 85: species of birds (50% endemic)
- 104: number of the 218 recognized Endemic Bird Areas confined entirely to islands around the world
- $2 billion: annual net benefits to the Pacific from coral reefs
- $800 million: benefits annually distributed across Micronesia from coral reefs
- Over 1,000: species of fish living in the waters of CNMI
- 256: species of corals (~32% of all known coral)
- 150: species of birds (12 species are ONLY found in the Mariana Islands)
- 1,029: species of plants (244 of them are ONLY found in the Mariana Islands)
- $61 million (according to a 2006 study): benefits annually to the CNMI from Coral Reefs ($42 million of those benefits are directly from the tourism industry)
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