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NgaraMaiberel is the first to donate to PICRC’s 2019 Arts & Tides Calendar

NgaraMaiberel, the women’s group of Koror State, continues to show their support for Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) and its education program by generously donating $350 to the 2019 Arts & Tide Calendar, “Water Connects Palau from Ridge to Reef.”

NgaraMaiberel is an active women’s association, consisting of women who represent the hamlets of Koror State. The group has been donating to the Center’s education program since 2016, after learning about the calendar contest from a presentation by PICRC Outreach Assistant, Ines Kintoki. Since then, the NgaraMaiberel group frequently visit the Center to learn more about its work in research and education programs. NgaraMaiberel is an active supporter of other events and organizations such as the annual Women’s Conference and youth activities in Koror.

This year, the NgaraMaiberel is the first sponsor to donate to the 2019 Arts & Tide Calendar. Ms. Terry Ngiraingas and Ms. Ida Ngirmang presented their donation to PICRC CEO, Dr. Yimnang Golbuu, Research Department Director Ms. Geraldine Rengiil and Aquarium Director Ms. Ilebrang Olkeriil, and other PICRC staff.  In presenting their donation, they shared the term, “Oidel a Chas” which means “to pass on what we are doing from one generation to the next.” This notion of passing knowledge and wisdom through generations is one of the reasons NgaraMaibel supports PICRC, as it strives to achieve its vision – to empower Palauan people through science and knowledge.

PICRC is very honored and is always grateful for these donations from NgaraMaiberel and will continue to engage with them as well as all the donors. For more information about the Arts & Tides Calendar, please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Ines Kintoki at 488-6950.

NgaraMaiberel presents its donation of $350.00 to Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) to support the 2019 Arts and Tides Calendar, Water Connects Palau from Ridge to Reef. Left to right: PICRC Research Director, Geraldine Rengiil, PICRC Aquarists, Harlen Herman and Asap Bukurrou, Ms. Terry Ngiraingas with her grandson, Ngirngesang, PICRC CEO Dr. Yimnang Golbuu, Ms. Ida Ngirmang with her grandson, Meteu, PICRC Development Officer, Andrea Uchel, Palau Aquarium Director Ilebrang Olkeriil and PICRC Accounting Clerk Jenna Mersai.

PICRC study emphasizes the importance of coral reefs in mitigating climate change impacts

As a small island nation, Palau is vulnerable to climate change impacts, such as sea level rise, ocean acidification, as well as more frequent and more intense typhoons. Globally, many countries are building sea walls to help in reducing wave height and water levels as a result of intensifying storms. Fortunately, in Palau, the reefs surrounding the island are still in good condition, thus providing the needed protection against strong storms. However, as seen in 2012 and 2013, with Typhoons Bopha and Haiyan, typhoons are getting stronger and our current reef system will not be enough to protect the lowest lying coasts.

In a recently published paper in the scientific journal, Natural Hazards and Earth System Science, scientists from Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) and University of the Ryukyus, investigated the effects of climate change on Melekeok State. Authors of the paper “Projecting of wave height and water level on reef-lined coasts due to intensified tropical cyclones and sea level rise in Palau to 2100” include Dr. Chuki Hongo and Dr. Haruko Kurihara from the University of the Ryukyus, and Dr. Yimnang Golbuu from PICRC.

This study focused on the reef off of Melekeok and its potential in reducing wave action to the low-elevation coast of Melekeok. The study had two objectives: (1) provide quantitative projections of wave height and water level in the present reef compared to future reef projections (degraded and healthy); and (2) to estimate the potential of the reef to grow, as well as the needed production rate in order to effectively reduce the current risks to the low-lying coastline.

The study looked at the reef in Melekeok and predicted the risk of coastal damages in the case of more frequent and intense typhoons that are likely to occur by the end of the 21st century (Year 2100). The study concluded that if the reef continues to grow and remain healthy, it will act as a natural barrier and will aid in the reduction of wave impacts to the shore by reducing wave height and strength. On the other hand, if the reef is degraded, with continued sea level rise and intensifying typhoons, wave motion and water levels will negatively impact the coastline, flooding the roads and eroding the coastline.

The take home messages from this study are as follows: (1) it is necessary to continue monitoring coral cover, coral larval recruitment, as well as the occurrences of stressors, such as typhoons and bleaching events; (2) maintain and improve the health of the reef by enhancing the protected areas with appropriate management strategies; (3) consider alternatives such as restoration efforts i.e. coral transplanting projects; (4) establish evacuation protocols in case of typhoon-related emergencies; and (5) set up technology to accurately predict typhoon intensities and subsequent impacts such as flooding.

For a copy of the paper, please contact Ines Kintoki at e-mail, ikintoki@picrc.org or visit the PICRC library.


Photographed from left to right: Assistant Professor at University of Ryukyus, Dr. Haruko Kurihara, Postdoctoral Researcher from University of Ryukyus, Dr. Chuki Hongo, and PICRC CEO, Dr. Yimnang Golbuu

FREE WIFI & USA Silver Medalist Olympian Draws Hundreds to the Night Market

The March 2nd Night Market at Ernguul Central Park began with vendor booths selling handicrafts, seafood and other dishes and snacks, from fresh mangrove crab to fried and smoked fish to squid balls, and other tasty snacks such as shakes, gelato ice cream, fried lumpia, Barbequed chicken and satay sticks. Fresh local flavors included kedols betel nut, farm-grown vegetables, and taro root to compliment the seafood.

Silver, whose career began in the 1980’s, proved once again that she could sing and entertain better than many new performers today. She was accompanied by the Bayside Band and Winheart.

The Night Market was fortunate to introduce special guest Olympian Brian Hansen, who claimed the silver medal in speedskating during the recent 2018 Winter Olympics. Lucky youth Tem joined Hansen on stage to practice some skating moves. Children also had the opportunity to meet Hansen and receive autographed photos. Enjoying the evening local-style, Hansen joined Rondy Ronny’s cha-cha lessons and then tried coconut husking with non-profit organization Ngara Ubeng, who were on-hand to demonstration this skill to curious tourists. Hansen and other visitors also had the chance to observe the weaving demonstration by Yosko Delekuu.

During the entrance of their traditional dance performance, the Medal Ngediull Dancers presented wonder Omengesols and Rebetii with two of their youngest members. Night Market favorites, the Ohana Dancers and new dance foursome the Gucci Dancers, also showcased contemporary Palauan dance. Over 1,000 locals and 500 tourists enjoyed these performances and the market.

FREE WIFI to post and share the evening’s entertainment was provided by the Palau Visitors Authority. Once again, PVA would like to thank Eco-paradise 87.9FM for their live coverage, the PCC Tourism & Hospitality Club for assisting PVA, Kambes Kesolei for his stunning photographs and video clips, and the SeeBees for serving FREE popcorn.

The March 16th Night Market will feature Ngirchoureng’s Jim Geselbracht, a former Peace Corps Volunteer to Palau who will lead us to reminisce by performing Palau’s old-school classic songs. For more information about the Night Markets, please contact PVA at 488-1930/2793 or email Katarina Mad at  kate@pristineparadisepalau.com.




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Guest: Vice-President/ Minister of Justice Raynold Oilouch, Minister of Finance Elbuchel Sadang, and Press Secretary Olkeriil Kazuo

God’s Sword Of Mercy – Hebrews Chapter 4; 12-16

Thursday, March 1, 2018

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Guest Speakers:
President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. – ROP
Minister Emais Roberts – MOH
Press Secretary Olkeriil Kazuo – Office of the President

Subed ra Kemeldillel a SPIS NGIRALEBONG BECHES

Mlo smecher – January, 25, 2018
Kemeldiil – Saturday, February 24, 2018
A bedengel a mo tuobed ra mork ra 7:00am el mora T-Dock, ea omerael a 8:00am el mora Ngcheangel e mengemeldiil er sei el mo telial sils e mo medakl ra Odesongel ra Milong

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Subed ra Kemeldillel a HIDEKO OMENGKAR TIAKL

Ngelekel a Isebong Yanged ma Ngirchokebai Omengkar
Mlo smecher – February 8, 2018
Kemeldiil – Saturday, February 24, 2018
A bedengel a mo tuobed ra mork ra 8:00am e di melemalt el mora Melekeok ra blil ra Okebai el ngara Ngerang e mo medakl ra Techobei ra Odchosong

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Bechil a mle Yaorong Becheselchad Tebelak
Cheldecheduch – Saturday, February 24, 2018
Ng morngii ra Bai ra Chedib ra Meyuns el lomuchel ra 8:00am el mo 3:00pm

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Subed ra Kemeldillel a YAORONG TEBELAK

Ngelekel a mle Dilrechirikl Sikyang Becheselchad
Mlo smecher – February 2018
Kemeldiil – Sunday, February 25, 2018
A bedengel a mo tuobed ra mork e mora Ngeremlengui el mo mengemeldiil ra Bai ra Ngermetengel e mo medakl ra Ngchemesed

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Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018
Time: 7:30am
Place: Techukill el mo soiiseb ra Desbedall