PICRC staff Andrea Uchel attends socio-economic regional meeting

Andrea Uchel, PICRC Policy Development Coordinator, represented PICRC during a 5-day Regional Socioeconomic Monitoring (SEM) Core Team training in Pohnpei from August 26 to August 30, 2018.   Andrea joined other SEM Core Team members from Guam, CNMI, FSM, and Marshall Islands.  The SEM Core Team members represent countries and territories that are signatories to the Micronesia Challenge.

During the training, Ms. Uchel presented an update of PICRC’s work in socioeconomic research, how PICRC addresses and tackles challenges in surveying, and plans for the next two years. Additionally, she learned more about conducting socioeconomic assessments and gained practicable skills and knowledge in conducting these studies. read more

PICRC facilities have hosted over 100 meetings, workshops and events since the beginning of the year

Palau’s only research and aquarium facility, the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC), offers a multitude of services to the people of Palau, as well as visitors from around the world. With its multifunction facilities, PICRC provides a conducive environment for marine research, meetings, workshops, and more. Since the beginning of the year, the centers facilities have been actively utilized by numerous individuals and organizations here in Palau and around the world, with over 100 meetings, workshop and events. read more

PICRC research staff to present at the 2nd National Environment Symposium

On August 28, Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) researchers will present their work at the 2nd National Environmental Symposium (NES). The goal of the NES is to provide an arena for various sectors of the community to come together and raise awareness on current efforts in conservation management. This symposium is hosted by the National Environmental Protection Council (NEPC), Ministry of Health (MOH), Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment and Tourism (MNRET), and Palau Conservation Consortium. read more

Palau hosts UN workshop on assessment of the state of the world ocean

Palau is hosting a two-day regional Workshop for the North Pacific Region in support of the Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socioeconomic Aspects. Over 32 experts from various ocean-related disciplines have gathered at Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) with the main goal of facilitating the preparation of a second world ocean assessment. The second world ocean assessment will be finalized in 2020 and will encompass the status of the world’s oceans by evaluating trends and identifying gaps since the release of the First Global Integrated Marine Assessment (World Ocean Assessment 1) in 2015. The Workshop is the first in a series of workshops in support of the second cycle of the Regular Process. read more

PICRC researchers assist MOE in new science curriculum

For the past few months, Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) worked with Ministry of Education (MOE) to develop a new 9th grade environmental science electronic course that will be implemented using tablets and other instructional technology during this upcoming school year at Palau High School (PHS). PICRC Director of Research, Geraldine Rengiil, and Researchers, Evelyn Otto and Marine Gouezo, worked alongside MOE Science Curriculum Specialist, Debbie Nagata, Science Teacher Training Specialists, Sarah Sugiyama, as well as Kyah Remeliik – Chair of PHS Science Department, and PHS science teachers. read more