The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) is taking bold steps to combat climate change and promote sustainable tourism with its pioneering NDC (Nationally Determined Contributions) Tourism Action Plan with support from GIZ Climate Change Advisor, Ron Simpson.
The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) is taking bold steps to combat climate change and promote sustainable tourism with its pioneering NDC (Nationally Determined Contributions) Tourism Action Plan with support from GIZ Climate Change Advisor, Ron Simpson. Over the past two weeks, FSM has engaged in a series of consultations that have not only united local communities but also paved the way for groundbreaking climate action strategies.
In the heart of the Pacific, the FSM government, in collaboration with Tourism Stakeholders from Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei, and Kosrae, has embraced the traditional concept of "talanoa," known locally as "sham-sham." This approach encourages open dialogue and collaboration, fostering a sense of community and ownership in addressing climate change.
Mr. Tulensa Palik, Governor of the State of Kosrae, emphasizes the importance of involving local communities in national decision-making processes. "A good sham-sham (talanoa) is key," he states. "The issues at the global level need to be contextualized and addressed at a local level, in a way that is realistic and relevant to our Pacific Islands context."
FSM's innovative approach recognizes the unique challenges, resources, and culture of each island, underscoring the importance of localized solutions. While global climate targets are essential, they must be adapted to suit the realities of island nations.
These discussions serve as a bridge between global climate goals and the practicality of FSM's islands. As climate change intensifies, FSM's insights can offer valuable lessons for the world, showcasing the power of community involvement in climate action.
The two-week consultations will culminate in a validation workshop in Pohnpei, where key outcomes will be presented. These outcomes will form the foundation of FSM's NDC Tourism Action Plan, setting clear and quantifiable targets to meet their NDC commitments.
FSM's commitment to sustainability is poised to make a lasting impact, not only for its islands but also as an inspiration to other nations grappling with climate change challenges.
As FSM concludes these insightful consultations, we extend our best wishes for success in their mission to protect their natural wonders. FSM's leadership in sustainable tourism and climate resilience sets a powerful example for the world.
By embracing local wisdom and involving communities in climate decisions, FSM is demonstrating that positive change is possible. Together, we can work towards a greener, more sustainable future for the Pacific and the entire global community.