PICRC Researchers contribute their knowledge and expertise to Koror State Tour Guide Certification Program

Palau International Coral Reef Center is taking part in Koror State Government Tour Guide Certification Program by delivering lectures on different topics related to coral reefs.   The aim of the Tour Guide Certification Program is to promote a sustainable dive and snorkel industry in Koror State.  PICRC’s expertise and knowledge on the marine environment will contribute to the goals of the program.

Starting on October 30th, PICRC researchers joined the program to present on coral reef biology, natural history, threats, and the work that PICRC does to keep stakeholders informed. With the inclusion of agencies such as PICRC, the tourism industry will stay informed on the state of our marine habitats, conservation efforts in Palau, and what they, as tour operators, can do to promote eco-friendly tourism. read more

The Senate of the 10th OEK to Co-Host PICRC 18th Anniversary

The Senate of the 10th Olbiil er a Kelulau (OEK) has agreed to co-host PICRC’s 18th Anniversary Fundraising Dinner Gala, PICRC’s biggest event of the year. The theme for the 18th Anniversary, “Building a Strong Foundation for a Resilient Future”, reflects both the Center and the Senate’s deep respect for the leaders of the past who had built the foundation of conservation that we continually build upon today. Now, more than ever, we must all work together to ensure we remain resilient as we face many local and global challenges. This theme reminds us of our collective responsibility to be stewards of our marine ecosystems. read more

Keobel (KB) Sakuma appointed as PICRC’s newest board member

In August 2018, the Senate confirmed the Presidential appointment of Mr. Keobel (KB) Sakuma to be Palau International Coral Reef Center’s (PICRC) newest board member. Mr. Sakuma brings to the PICRC Board a unique and diverse background with experiences from both the private and government sector, which will be useful for the Center as it continues to build its partnership with both the private and public sector.

Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) is governed by a Board of Directors. This group of men and women are appointed by the President and approved by the Senate. The role of PICRC’s Board of Directors is to provide guidance and oversight to the Center. In addition to providing guidance, the Board of Directors donate time and resources to help the Center fulfill its vision and mission. read more

Mechesil Belau and PICRC Strengthen Partnership

Mechesil Belau is a traditional women’s organization, that for 25 years has been connecting female leaders to tackle issues including: tradition, culture, conservation, and environment. On September 19, 2018, Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) CEO, Dr. Yimnang Golbuu presented at the 25th Mechesil Belau Conference to share PICRC’s involvement in addressing threats from climate change.

As a follow up to the Conference, PICRC, with help from Koror State Government, organized a trip for the women of Mechesil Belau and their off-island guests so that they could learn more about Palau’s unique environment and PICRC’s ongoing conservation efforts. PICRC staff accompanied the group of women to Ngermid Bay and Ngederrak Conservation Area. During the outing PICRC researchers shared the significance of these areas with Mechesil Belau and their guests and explained the research being conducted at these sites. read more

“Building a Strong Foundation for a Resilient Future” is PICRC’s theme for the 18th Anniversary

For nearly 18 years, Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) has had the privilege of guiding efforts to support coral reef conservation in Palau. January 18th, 2019, will officially mark PICRC’s 18 years of devotion to Palau’s unique marine environment. Every year, to celebrate PICRC’s anniversary, a theme is selected to highlight a certain facet of the Center’s core values. The theme chosen for this year’s anniversary is, “Building a Strong Foundation for a Resilient Future.” read more