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Palau International Coral Reef Center
Contact: Ines Kintoki
Phone: 488-6950 ext. 244
For Immediate Release
Photographed left to right: Dr. Yimnang Golbuu, PICRC CEO and Dr. Natsumi Higa, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Environment.
PICRC establishes relationship with Japan’s International Coral Reef Research and Monitoring Center
On July 25th, 2017 Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) and International Coral Reef Research and Monitoring Center (ICRRMC) of Japan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two Centers. The Signing Ceremony was held at PICRC ground.
PICRC’s CEO, Dr. Yimnang Golbuu and Dr. Natsumi Higa, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Environment, participated in the signing ceremony. Accompanying Vice-Minister Higa in the signing ceremony were Mr. Naohisa Okuda, Director, Biodiversity and Policy Division of the Ministry of Environment, Ms. Mari Yamazaki, Technical Official, Ministry of Environment, Mr. Koji Matsuo, Secretary to the Parliamentary Vice-Minister, Ms. Mari Sekiguchi, Interpreter, and Mr. Takao Mochida, from the Embassy of Japan here in Palau.
Joining Dr. Golbuu in the signing ceremony was Ms. Geraldine Rengiil, Director of Research and Aquarium, Ms. Mingrang Kloulechad, Director of Administration, Ms. Ilebrang Olkeriil, Development Coordinator, Ms. Anna Parker, Communication and Outreach Officer and Ms. Ines Kintoki, Communication and Outreach Assistant. Dr. Takashi Nakamura, Chief Advisor of Palau Coral Reef and Island Ecosystem Project (P-CoRIE) and Dr. Seiji Nakaya P-CoRIE Project Coordinator also attended the signing ceremony.
In his opening remarks Dr. Golbuu stated, “We are delighted to officially establish ties with Japan’s International Coral Reef Research and Monitoring Center. Our long and productive relationship with Japan began with the construction of the Center, which was made possible through the Japan Technical Cooperation Program. Ever since the Center opened in 2001, we have worked with Japan to support and improve the Center. This MOU represents our intention to continue this fruitful collaboration and work with Japan’s International Coral Reef Research and Monitoring Center for coral reef conservation in Palau, Japan and the region.”
The MOU signifies the shared recognition of the importance of coral reef ecosystems, which are vulnerable to climate change and local disturbances. ICRRMC and PICRC are both engaged in promoting research, monitoring, public awareness, environmental education and other activities for the sustainability of coral reef ecosystems. With coral reef conservation as a common objective, this memorandum is a mutually beneficial agreement that will enhance cooperative interactions and the exchange of knowledge between the two Centers.
“I happen to have been blessed with the opportunity to see Nikko Bay and I found that this Bay may have the potential power to save the worlds coral reefs.” Vice-Minister Higa expressed during her special remarks. “I have high hopes that this work can be achieved and together we can contribute to conserving the coral reefs in all of the Pacific.”