Island Conservation PRESS RELEASE: Restoring Tetiaroa will benefit several linked ecosystems

THE ISLAND-OCEAN CONNECTION CHALLENGE aims to maximize the marine conservation benefits of islands for ecosystems, including coral reefs, and climate and community resilience. We are launching a new era of island restoration and rewilding focused on scaling and deploying this “multiple tool” of whole-system conservation for maximum impact.

Challenge partners commit to the holistic restoration of at least 40 globally significant island ecosystems, from ridge to reef, to benefit biodiversity, climate and communities by 2030.

We are looking for additional partners to join this collaboration and move this new restoration and resilience effort forward. Join this movement by adding your commitments, resources, projects, programs, and/or islands to this 2030 challenge.

Join us today in this campaign of hope and resilience!


Any person or organization (local, national, regional or global) is welcome to become a member provided that you commit to a meaningful commitment (for you) to further the vision and call to action of The Island-Ocean Connect Challenge. Here are some examples of commitment to inspire your reflection.

  • Local Island Community Champion (Individual or Organizational):
    • Commits to involving the local community in the development, implementation and monitoring of the conservation impact of ___ (number) community-led island restoration projects in partnership with other groups.

  • Small Island Developing State (SIDS):
    • Commits to restore ____ islands by 2030 with their communities, national, regional and global partners
    • Commits to prioritizing $____ in bi- and multilateral funding to advance these projects.

  • Regional Conservation Network:
    • Pledges to help five SIDS integrate this conservation multi-tool for the benefit of communities, corals and climate by helping to execute x number of island restorations and pledges $____ in co-funding

  • Developed country :
    • Pledges to support xx island restoration project partnerships with $____ in unilateral co-funding

  • Philanthropic Foundation:
    • Commits $____ to advance xx priority island restoration projects

  • Conservation organization:
    • Commits to ____ partnerships with xx expert human resources and $____ to advance xx priority island restoration projects

  • Research institution:
    • Commits to supporting long-term research on ____ island restoration projects to further elucidate the scale and scope of island-ocean connections to further maximize the coral, community, and climate benefits of island restorations
    • Develop a central repository to standardize, compile, consolidate and analyze conservation impact monitoring data from island and marine restoration projects worldwide.