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PRESS RELEASE

Palau International Coral Reef Center
1 M-Dock Road
P.O. Box 7086
Koror, Palau 96940
picrc.org/picrcpage

Anna Parker
Communications and Outreach Officer

Palau International Coral Reef Center
P.O. Box 7086 1 M-Dock Road
(680) 488-6950 www.picrc.org

Contact: Ines Kintoki
Phone: 488-6950 ext. 244
Email: ikintoki@picrc.org

 

Photographed from left to right: (Back) Dr. Seiji Nakaya (P-CoRIE), Mr. Hiroki Kabumoto (SATREPS), Dr. Yoshifumi Yasuoka (JST), Ms. Metiek Kimmie Ngirchechol (EQPB), Ms. Reiko Iitsuka (JICA), Mr. Hiroyuki Okuda Tekizaitekisho (LLC), (Front) Dr. Takashi Nakamura (P-CoRIE), Mr. Steven Victor (TNC), Dr. Yimnang Golbuu (PICRC), and Mr. Kazunobu Suzuki (JICA)

 

PICRC and P-CoRIE received high marks on evaluation

 On September 27th, Japan International Collaboration Agency (JICA) and local experts evaluated Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) and its partners on their joint project known as the Palau Coral Reef and Island Ecosystem (P-CoRIE) Project. This five year project, now in its final year, received high marks from the evaluation team.

The P-CoRIE Project was launched in 2013 to provide science based recommendations to enhance the sustainability of coral reef and island ecosystems under the impacts from climate change. The project was a collaboration between PICRC, the University of Ryukyus (UoR) and Palau Community College (PCC). It was founded under the umbrella of the Science and Technology Research partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS) funded by Japan International Collaboration Agency (JICA) and Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).

The Joint Terminal Evaluation team was led by Mr. Kazunobu Suzuki, who is the Director of the Global Environment Department of JICA.  Ms. Reiko Iitsuka from JICA, Mr. Hiroyuki Okuda from Tekizaitekisho LLC, Dr. Yoshifumi Yasuoka from JST and Mr. Hiroki Kabumoto from JST also took part in the evaluation.  Joining the JICA and JST team in the evaluation were local experts, including Mr. Steven Victor, Director of the The Nature Conservancy Micronesia, Ms. Metiek Kimmie Ngirchechol, Laboratory Supervisor from  Environmental Quality Protection Board, Mr. Foober Skebong, representing Protected Areas Network Office.

The project was evaluated based off of five criteria: relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability of the projects achievements after its completion. The project received a “high” evaluation for the project’s relevance and a “relatively high” evaluation for the remaining four criteria.  Mr. Suzuki praised the project for its accomplishments and stressed how impressive these results were in comparison to other SATREPS projects.

Following the evaluation Mr. Suzuki shared the evaluation team’s recommendations, suggesting that partners involved, both Japanese and Palauan maintain a strong relationship following the completion of the project. They further suggested that PICRC becomes a Center of Excellence for coral reef conservation in Asia and the Pacific.  While this project will conclude in March 2018 the research team is fully prepared to continue this collaboration into the future.

Warren Umetaro

For Immediate Release

Press Release SPR 10-25
October 11, 2017
Statement from the President                                                                                                              

 

Senate Press Release

 

Section 9 of Article IX (Olbiil Era Kelulau) of the Constitution of the Republic of Palau states that no member of the Olbiil Era Kelulau shall be held to answer in any other place for any speech or debate in the Olbiil Era Kelulau. One however should recognize that the implication and effects of statements made in this and other public discussions can have both a positive or negative influence on policy and public perspective; and thus, such statements must be both accurate and reliable.

Not only on the OEK floor, but any representative of any government agency or enterprise who publicizes personal opinions in their official capacity against anyone, a government agency, or the general population of the Republic without a set of confirmed data or a recognized study of credible experts to substantiate such a statement seemingly becomes a careless, self serving individual making an attempt to politicize and attach oneself to the genuine efforts  of those who not only empathize, but sacrifice and commit themselves toward commendable efforts to assist in the recovery of victims of these crimes.

The Republic must rid itself of crimes against the community. It is distressing, however,  to know that there’s a few out there  who appear to exploit the painful experiences of the vulnerable, only to draw attention to themselves and assure popularity, all in the name of personal political or other gains. Take for example isolated incidents of abuse simply lumped into one and distributed across a population figure to validate the generalized statement.  It must be said with ample clarification of all possible implications.

Possible damage caused from exaggerated statements against an entire population or group may be irreparable. It can undermine established value sets and desecrate traditional and cultural beliefs that life for many is based upon.

Encompassing statements made recklessly can be a demeaning character assassination of both Palauan men and women and can portray our Republic as both uncaring and dysfunctional. This can never be the Republic of Palau that we know; yet unqualified statements as made by any elected or non-elected public official can portray at the very least, a ghastly light on Palau’s respectable reputation that our regional and international friends have come to know.  

PRESS RELEASE
October 12, 2017

Palau International Coral Reef Center
1 M-Dock Road
P.O. Box 7086
Koror, Palau 96940
picrc.org/picrcpage

Anna Parker
Communications and Outreach Officer
Palau International Coral Reef Center
P.O. Box 7086 1 M-Dock Road
(680) 488-6950 www.picrc.org

Contact: Ines Kintoki
Phone: 488-6950 ext. 244
Email: ikintoki@picrc.org

 

New JICA Volunteer brings marketing and graphic design expertise to PICRC

On October 9th, 2017 Ms. Hiromi Ito joined the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC), as a volunteer from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to share her expertise in Graphic Design with the PICRC team. For eight months she will be assisting the Center in the development of  marketing materials for the aquarium and gift shop, creative displays for exhibits,  and fundraising efforts.  In addition, Ms. Ito will work directly with the PICRC staff  on marketing strategies and graphic design programs. 

Ms. Ito has an impressive background in graphic design. In 2005, she received her Bachelor of Art degree in Visual Communication Design from the University of Tsukuba’s School of Art and Design. Since graduating Ms. Hiromi has worked in marketing and design for multiple advertisement agencies. From July 2014 until March of 2017 she worked in Botswana, Africa for the Botswana National Museum where she was engaged in the planning, designing and production of promotional tools and exhibitions.  Ms. Ito looks forward to working with PICRC and learning about marine life and conservation efforts in Palau.

JICA is committed to bringing diverse wisdom and resources together.  The agency provides its workers with opportunities to volunteer around the world,  and to work  together closely with the people.  The technical expertise of these volunteers contributes largely to the development of the organizations they are placed within.  Simultaneously, the volunteers benefit by gaining a global perspective through their location and work. Over the past 17 years JICA has  been an unwavering supporter of PICRC, contributing largely to the continued growth of the Center and capacity of PICRC staff.  

 

Palau International Coral Reef Center
1 M-Dock Road
P.O. Box 7086
Koror, Palau 96940
picrc.org/picrcpage

Press Release
Contact: Ines Kintoki
Phone: 488-6950 ext. 244
Email: ikintoki@picrc.org
Date: 09/25/2017

In December of 2016, the Italian Ministry of Environment, Land and Sea (IMELS) granted $800K to the Republic of Palau to help build resilience to extreme drought events. The funding was received after Palau faced one of the most severe droughts ever in its recorded history, both in terms of duration and intensity.  Of the two main water sources supplying the population centers of Koror and Airai States, one went dry and had to be shut down, while the other experienced a reduction in water production by 87%.

The funded project, “Increasing Palau’s resilience to extreme drought events:  Taking action for long-term adaptation to the impacts of climate change”, is being coordinated Energy Grants Coordinator, Mr. Tutii Chilton, from the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Industries & Commerce (MPIIC).  The main goal of this project is to build Palau’s resilience to extreme drought events.  With projections for more extreme weather events resulting from climate change, Palau must focus on adapting to those expected changes.  This work will help Palau build its resilience to future drought events.  The goal of this project falls in line with Palau’s Climate Change Policy, which calls for safe, resilient and disaster-prepared communities in Palau.

The project is now underway, and the first action will be finding and developing additional water sources for rural areas.  A feasibility study will be conducted to assess additional water sources and provide implementable recommendations for developing those water sources.  These recommendations will be carried out in the second part of the project.  The feasibility study will guide the development of new water sources, some of which will serve as pilots systems.

This is not the first grant awarded to Palau by the Italian Government to mitigate climate change effects. In 2015, Italy donated $300k to fund the project “Establishment of the First Nationwide Sanctuary in Palau: A long-term adaptation response to the impacts of Climate Change on Marine Ecosystem”.  These two, generous grants demonstrate the Government of Italy’s continued support. As global temperatures continue to rise these grants are imperative to improve Palau’s capacity to combat climate change related events.

Palau International Coral Reef Center
1 M-Dock Road
P.O. Box 7086
Koror, Palau 96940
picrc.org/picrcpage

Press Release
Contact: Ines Kintoki
Phone: 488-6950 ext. 244
Email: ikintoki@picrc.org
Date: 05/26/2017

Mr. Kmedrang Cameron Sengebau has been hired by Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) as the new Aquarist. In this position Mr. Sengebau will assist with the maintenance of  all of the live exhibit tanks and general animal husbandry. Other responsibilities involve collecting aquarium organisms, and providing guided tours to school groups and other visitors.

In 2013, Mr. Sengebau graduated from Maris Stella School. He attended Xavier High School in Chuuk, FSM and graduated in 2017. Currently, Mr. Sengebau is enrolled at Palau Community College (PCC) where he is studying Liberal Arts. Mr. Sengebau eventually plans to transfer to a four year college where he either wants to major in Marine Science or Architecture. He hopes to take this time to continue gaining experience that will help narrow down his educational interests and career goals.

Aquarist work is not new to Mr. Sengebau. In 2015 and 2016 he interned at the Palau Aquarium under the supervision of Chief Aquarist, Asap Bukurrou.  As an intern Mr. Sengebau became very familiar with fish husbandry and tank maintenance. These internships not only provided Mr. Sengebau with 240 hours of work experience, but they also ignited a lasting passion for the field of conservation.  “I am excited for a fun learning experience that will provide me with memories to last a lifetime,” Mr. Sengebau says on his new position at PICRC.

In his free time Mr. Sengebau enjoys drawing and loves to be around the water. He spends his free time swimming, kayaking and frequently fishing with his family. Mr. Sengebau’s family is from Ngerbeched in Koror, Palau. He is the son of Fernando and Alison Sengebau. His father is the Director of the Bureau of Agriculture and his mother is the Clerk of Court at the Office of the Clerk of Courts.

Press Release

For Immediate Release
Date: 08/21/2017

Contact: Ines Kintoki
Phone: 488-6950 ext. 244
Email: ikintoki@picrc.org

Anna Parker
Communications and Outreach Officer
Palau International Coral Reef Center
P.O. Box 7086 1 M-Dock Road
(680) 488-6950 www.picrc.org

 

Continued Monitoring of the Protected Areas Network 

In 2015, Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) conducted baseline surveys in 13 of the 14 Protected Area Network (PAN) sites to track changes in coral reef and seagrass habitats. This month, PICRC has begun the second round of monitoring in these sites, starting with Ngelukes Conservation Area.

In the next twelve months, PICRC will conduct surveys in, Medal Ngediull Conservation Area, Angaur State Conservation Zone, Ngeruangel Marine Reserve, Ngerumekaol Spawning Area, Ngermedellim Management Area,  Ebiil Channel Conservation Area, Ngermasech Conservation Area, Ileyakl Beluu Conservation Area, Oreuaol Ibuchel Conservation Area, Ngemai Conservation Area, and Teluleu Conservation Area.  Helen Reef is also a PAN site but because of its distance from the main island, it is logistically hard to get to.  PICRC is hoping that Helen Reef can be surveyed in the coming year along with the rest of the PAN sites.

Marine Protected Areas (MPA) are a practical tool for conserving marine resources against human threats, but without proper management these areas may be irrelevant. In baseline surveys the lagoon MPA’s tended to have the lowest ecological scores of all habitats. While MPA’s on average increase fish biomass and species diversity in channels and the outer reef, land-based pollution is a significant driver to the poor ecological conditions of nearshore seagrass beds.

By conducting these surveys researchers are able to make recommendations to resource managers to reduce the amount of sedimentation flowing out of rivers and onto these important ecosystems. Additionally, sampling the PAN sites every two years will allow researchers to provide practical information to the PAN Office in order to develop a more resilient network of protected areas.

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
Date: 08/14/17

Contact: Ines Kintoki
Phone: 488-6950 ext. 244
Email:ikintoki@picrc.org

Anna Parker
Communications and Outreach Officer
Palau International Coral Reef Center
P.O. Box 7086 1 M-Dock Road
(680) 488-6950 www.picrc.org

 

Palau’s coral reefs are resilient, according to a 15-year study by PICRC

Worldwide, coral reefs are being impacted by disturbances. As global temperatures rise, bleaching events and extreme weather events are likely to increase. Through ecological monitoring researchers are able to track changes to better understand how coral reefs are impacted and how they recover from these large disturbances.

Until 2001, there had been no comprehensive coral reef monitoring on disturbance impacts, coral mortality, or recovery time for Palau’s coral reefs at an island scale. This lack of data left many questions unanswered following the 1998 bleaching event. In response to this gap in knowledge, Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) established their long-term coral reef monitoring program.  Information from the coral reef monitoring programs can be used to tell us the status of Palau’s reefs and track and document changes resulting from large disturbances.

A new report by PICRC researchers presents the results of PICRCs 15-year study on Palau’s coral reefs.  The results showed that most coral reef communities recovered from the 1998 coral bleaching event, but it took at least 10 years for them to fully recover. PICRC researchers discovered that in all reefs habitats the areas covered by corals gradually began to increase in 2002 and continued to recover and regain their stable structure.   A notable exception is found in the eastern reefs of Palau because of the severe damage caused Typhoon Bopha and Haiyan in 2012 and 2013. The coral communities within this area were not fully recovered from the 1998 bleaching when the typhoons hit and are just now starting to recover.

This study demonstrates PICRC’s efforts to continue monitoring over the years consistently using the same methods. Thanks to this data collection, researchers are able to understand the past and current status of Palau’s coral reefs, and how disturbances have impacted them. It is extremely important to continue monitoring efforts to inform the public, stakeholders and policy makers on the impacts from large disturbances and the reality of reefs recovery time following them.

A copy of this report can be accessed through the PICRC website (picrc.org) under Research Publications and Technical Reports or from the PICRC library. Please contact Ines Kintoki at ikintoki@picrc.org for further questions or comments.

Palau International Coral Reef Center
1 M-Dock Road
P.O. Box 7086
Koror, Palau 96940

Contact: Ines Kintoki
Phone: 488-6950 Ext. 244
Email: ikintoki@picrc.org
Press Release
For Immediate Release
Date: August 16, 2017

New SDA and PMA teachers learn about PICRC’s education programs

This past Sunday, Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) hosted new teachers from Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Elementary School and Palau Mission Academy (PMA). For the third consecutive year, the new teachers from these schools were able to learn about the educational activities PICRC offers and tour the Palau Aquarium. The principal and vice principal of the two schools, Palau host families and sponsors were also present to hear about PICRC’s education programs.

Aside from conducting research, PICRC strives to raise awareness on Palau’s marine environment to students and the community. Every year, PICRC staff work with schools to involve their students in the Center’s work.  One of the main, educational activities at PICRC is the Arts and Tides Calendar contest. This contest has taken place annually since the Center opened in 2001 and every year it continues to recognize new conservation themes. Additionally, PICRC continues to hosts interns and volunteers to gain career guidance from the Centers professionals. Aquarium tours, tours of the research facilities and school visits also provide students with the opportunity to learn about marine ecosystems and marine conservation. PICRC wants to ensure schools and teachers are aware of these programs so PICRC’s facilities and aquarium are fully utilized by the community.

“The aquarium and our facilities remain valuable educational tools and we encourage teachers to really take advantage of what we have to offer,” PICRC CEO, Dr. Yimnang Golbuu shared with the new teachers on Sunday. PICRC continuously works to raise awareness in the youth. Conserving marine resources is important, especially for an island that has always relied on fish as a main food source. PICRC encourages teachers to include conservation in their curriculum and to use the aquarium as an extension of their classrooms.

If any teachers are interested in PICRC’s education programs please contact Ines Kintoki at 488-6950 or email at ikintoki@picrc.org for more information.

 

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