On January 16, 2020, the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) presented Ann Singeo with the 2020 Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. Environmental Award during the Center’s 19th Anniversary Dinner Gala. Presented every other year, the Environmental Award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to conservation and management efforts in Palau.
Nominations were open to the public and over 130 people submitted a nomination. A committee, which was made up of two government officials, two members of different NGOs and two PICRC staff, was set up to review the more than 35 nominees proposed for the award. After careful consideration, Ann Singeo, Executive Director of Ebiil Society, was chosen as the winner.
Ms. Singeo’s work started in 2005 with the creation of Ebiil Society; an organization whose main goal is to empower communities through education. The Society was created in response to environmental challenges and unsustainable practices. Rooted in indigenous knowledge, the organization seeks to inspire the protection and proper management of the environment.
“I am humbled to be honored with this award, knowing that the work I have been able to be part of is the result of many hands, the communities we work in, and all of our partner agencies and organizations,” stated Singeo upon receiving the award.
The achievement of Ms. Singeo demonstrates the power of individuals and communities to make a difference and to have an impact. She is an inspiration and example for us to follow.