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PICRC and partners promote water conservation through various awareness and outreach activities

 On Thursday morning, March 8, 2018, Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) CEO, Dr. Yimnang Golbuu, along with Environmental Quality Protection Board (EQPB) Water Quality Lab Supervisor, Kimi Ngirchechol, and Ms. Persis Omelau, started off PICRC’s water conservation awareness campaign by giving a short talk show on Palau Wave Radio with Mr. Salvador Tellames.

Starting off, Dr. Golbuu emphasized the importance of freshwater to our daily lives and the need for everyday conservation in the face of climate change and the threat of more severe droughts in the near future. Dr. Golbuu expressed, “water is not only important to us, for our daily survival, but it is also very important for the environment, starting from the tops of the hills down to the ocean.”

Back in 2016, Palau experienced one of the most severe droughts to occur in the region. Since then, it has become a pressing issue to conserve and protect our water sources. So, in collaboration with Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Industry and Commerce (MPIIC) and Palau Public Utilities Corporation (PPUC), PICRC and other relevant partner agencies are embarking on a project to address the issues of water conservation. With a grant from the Government of Italy, this project is divided into two parts. MPIIC and PPUC are tasked with identifying new or alternate sources of water in Palau, such as wells or springs.

On the other hand, PICRC, is tasked with outreach and awareness activities to promote better conservation of freshwater to students and the greater Palauan community through a unified theme “Melekau ra ralm el uchul a klengar”.  With that task, PICRC’s annual Arts & Tides Calendar contest is themed “Water Connects Ridge to Reef”, emphasizing the importance of water and how it connects all aspects of the environment.

On March 22, 2018, PICRC will be hosting a “World Water Day Fair” at the Center’s grounds, with booths from various agencies, including EQPB, Belau Watershed Alliance, Coral Reef Research Foundation (CRRF), Palau Conservation Society (PCS), and PPUC. These activities are meant to stress one message, as delivered quite eloquently by Ms. Ngirchechol during the talk show, “people should start changing their behavior to minimize water use and that change in behavior should not be done in time of drought, it should start now.”


  From left to right: Mr. Salvador Tellames, Ms. Persis Omelau, Ms. Kimi Ngirchechol, and CEO Dr. Yimnang Golbuu