World Park: Micronesia?

Courtsey of Alan Chan

I saw this really cool proposal to turn the Federated States of Micronesia (F.S.M.) into a World Park sort of a national preserve. That makes so much sense for a country that wants to preserve its culture and land.

Here’s the article by Justin Nobel from

Imagine a protected park half the size of the continental U.S., covering a sea-life-loaded swath of the Pacific Ocean and the 607 tropical islands therein. The park’s inhabitants live mostly in traditional villages and still remember how to do things much of the world has forgotten, such as make clothes from scratch and live off the land. This park would, in fact, encompass an entire country — the Federated States of Micronesia (F.S.M.) — and if the archipelago nation pulls it off, it will be the first of its kind in the world. “It’s a visionary, radical concept,” says Howard Rice, an instructor at the College of Micronesia who came up with the idea. “There’s never been a world park. It doesn’t exist in the dictionary. It doesn’t exist anywhere.”

If successful, Micronesia will be the first nation to become a wholly protected area, adhering to development and conservation standards designed to safeguard the country’s unique culture and rich marine biodiversity and kick-start its placid economy. According to Rice, who once operated an eco-tourism company in the Caribbean, developing high-end eco-tourism is the answer to F.S.M.’s perennial job shortage. Michigan State University (MSU) has already agreed to provide technical expertise for the park, and the National Geographic Society has also issued the project its stamp of approval. This spring, Pohnpei, one of F.S.M.’s four states, will host an economic summit to address the park’s planning.


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