By the end of 2014 and thereafter, Conservation Officers and other staff from relevant agencies will be trained through a collaborative ecological monitoring certification program. This program was developed with the Palau Community College (PCC) and will provide the Conservation Officers and other staff the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively manage resources.
In the past the Center has provided monitoring training to the States, NGOs, and other agencies and partners on a sporadic basis with its own resources. While many trainees have gained the necessary skills to conduct monitoring work, follow up in the field has been challenging.
In many cases, partners have not continued the monitoring efforts and the Center has been called upon to carry out monitoring work in the field. Unfortunately, the goal of States and agencies to increasingly conduct monitoring work on their own was not achieved. And yet, there remains a need to ensure that key people in the States and other agencies are equipped to do effective monitoring to support their conservation programs.
Based on review of the challenges with the existing approach to monitoring training, the Center has developed a new approach that will be pursued during the implementation of this Strategic Plan. This is to create a formal monitoring certification course, in partnership with the Palau Community College (PCC) through their continuing education program. This will be a formal course that is regularly offered. Participants or their sponsoring agencies will pay to attend and receive a certificate of completion.