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Sunday, April 16, 2006 

A Global Island Partnership launched by the President of Palau at the Curitiba Biodiversity Conference

"The President of Palau, the President of Indonesia, the Vice President of the Federated States of Micronesia, Grenada and Kiribati launched the “Global Island Partnership” aimed at enhancing marine and terrestrial protected areas as a major contribution of achieving the Heads of State commitment to reverse the loss of biodiversity by 2010.

The 100,000 islands of the world represent more than 600 million people, one quarter of the nations of the world, 16% of the planet’s known plant species and more than half of the world’s tropical marine biodiversity. 30% of the world’s coral reefs are severely damaged and 60% may be lost by 2030. Half of the species of the world lost have been island species.

“To address the islands unique challenges we need a unique approach and unique response. The Micronesia challenge is our shared response” said the Honourable Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr., the President of Palau."

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