Ecosystem Profile: Polynesia-Micronesia

The value, uniqueness, and vulnerability of the terrestrial biodiversity of the Polynesia-Micronesia Hotspot are well recognized. The species and ecosystems of the hotspot are among the most highly threatened in the world and yet terrestrial conservation activities are severely under-funded and our biological knowledge of the hotspot is incomplete and poorly managed. There are significant opportunities for CEPF to fund actions that empower the stewards of the biodiversity of the Polynesia-Micronesia Hotspot - the island communities and institutions - to conserve biodiversity (especially those species and sites that are globally threatened) more effectively. Since Pacific communities are still highly dependent on biological resources for survival, the achievement of biodiversity conservation objectives is essential for sustaining human livelihoods as well as for the maintenance of essential ecosystem functions.

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