The Palau International Coral Center (PICRC) applauds the Blue Nature Alliance’s launch, one of the largest conservation efforts to protect the global oceans. The Alliance aims to protect 18 million square kilometers of ocean in five years, an area twice the size of the continental U.S. and larger than the continent of South America. The Blue Nature Alliance is a global partnership founded and led by Conservation International, The Pew Charitable Trusts, GEF, Minderoo Foundation and the Rob & Melani Walton Foundation.
PICRC has partnered with the Blue Nature Alliance to help strengthen its capabilities to effectively manage the PNMS as well as work with MNRET to help with the development of the domestic fishery to bring more benefits to our local communities. The Blue Nature Alliance will also help refine long term financing plans for a post-COVID-19 world and strengthen the enabling conditions for a successful domestic fishery. “We are excited to partner with Blue Nature Alliance to strengthen the management of the Palau National Marine Sanctuary and to ensure that the Palauan communities will benefit from the sanctuary and development of the domestic fishery” stated His Excellency, Surangel S. Whipps, Jr., President of the Republic of Palau, in response to the launch of the Blue Nature Alliance and its partnership with Palau.
By partnering with the Blue Nature Alliance, PICRC will join a global network of partners dedicated to building on lessons learned and innovating new approaches to conserving large ocean areas; and incorporating the traditional knowledge and interests of local communities and government into their long-term management plans – a practice that helps ensure resilience of our nature and people.