3rd National Environment Symposium looks inward at Self-reliance to Build Resilience

On Tuesday, August 18 the 3rd National Environment Symposium (NES) will take place at the Ngarachamayong Cultural Center. The event, which is free and open to the public, goes from 8:45am to 4:15pm with registration starting at 8:00am. Remote access will be available via PWFM radio, Facebook live stream on pwfm staff, or live on TV on Channel 24.

This Symposium will feature a diverse group of fishers, small business owners, policy makers, and service providers who will discuss ways to improve the lives of Palauans. They will showcase solutions to strengthen the economy, increase food production, and use renewable energy in ways that channel environmental benefits to communities.  Held every two years, the Symposium is a unique national platform that brings together communities, NGOs, businesses, and government to share ideas and select solutions. read more

PICRC completes proposal for collaborative coral rehabilitation project

Since 2018, the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) has been partnering with the Palau Visitors Authority (PVA) and Koror State Government (KSG) on a coral planting project called the Coral Reef Rehabilitation (CRRP). CRRP is a collaboration that brings these three entities together, with two main goals:  to rehabilitate the coral reefs in the Rock Islands Southern Lagoon (RISL) World Heritage Site, and to raise awareness about the importance of coral reefs while promoting their protection and conservation. read more

3rd National Environment Symposium (NES) to focus on building economic, food, and energy resilience in a Covid-19 world

What position do we want our society to be in post-2020 in a Covid-19 world?   On Tuesday, August 18th at Ngarachamayong Cultural Center, the 3rd National Environment Symposium (NES) will address this question.  With a theme of “New Opportunities for a Resilient Palau”, the 3rd NES will offer a national platform to talk about opportunities and methods for strengthening Palau’s economy and sustainable practices in light of Covid-19 and its impacts on Palau’s security. The Symposium will also highlight ways Palauans can build resilience at different community levels (i.e., national, state and household). read more

PICRC welcomes new Accounting Assistant

The Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) would like to extend a warm welcome to its newest Accounting Assistant, Ms. Roselynne Andres.

Born and raised in Palau, Ms. Andres graduated from Palau High School and dedicated the past 13 years working for the Minister of Health, as an Administration Officer. As PICRC’s Accounting Assistant, Ms. Andres works in the Administration Department and her responsibilities include payroll, account receivables, and daily deposits. Ms. Andres’s experience in administration is a good addition to PICRC; having experienced personnel is beneficial, especially as an organization with non-profit status that is growing in responsibilities and operations.  “I am happy to be at PICRC and further my career in administration,” stated Ms. Andres, “I am also looking forward to learn more about conservation,” she added. read more

Belau Medical Clinic donates to the 2021 Arts & Tides Calendar

The Belau Medical Clinic (BMC) has donated $350 to the 2021 Arts & Tides Calendar contest. The contest began in 2001, as a way to use the creativity of students in Palau to provide education and advocacy about environmental issues. This year’s theme, “Saving Our Oceans from Plastic Pollution,” aims to create awareness and promote action against the amount of plastic that is placed in our oceans every year.

Since the beginning, this program has been supported by the generosity of community groups and businesses like the BMC, who continue to contribute to its success. In particular, donations for this year are appreciated because of the impact that the Coronavirus has had on Palau’s economy. BMC has been donating to the Arts & Tides calendar since 2011, showing their strong support for environmental art education. read more