Press Releases

Pacific Islands Champion Oceans and Climate Change in First Sustainable Development Goals Discussions

On March 14th, His Excellency Mr. Robert G. Aisi, Permanent Representative of Papua New Guinea to the United Nations and Chair of the Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS) to the United Nations, gave a statement on behalf Palau and others at the meeting of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).…

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President Remengesau announces plans to consider making all of Palau’s waters a sanctuary

Palau’s President Remengesau announced a plan to establish one of the world’s largest marine protected areas by banning commercial fishing over an area roughly the size of France. Read more about the story here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-03-16/palau-president-proposes-commercial-fishing-ban/4576974

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A ‘historic’ day for marine species protection at CITES

The 16th meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was a historic event for marine species. The proposals to protect three kinds of sharks and two kinds of manta rays were upheld in the final debate on March 14th. This means that trade regulations will help…

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PRI reports on Palau’s tuna fisheries protection efforts

Public Radio International’s The World presents a piece on tuna fishing in the Southern Pacific. Palau is featured as leading the multilateral effort to protect one of the last healthy populations of bluefin tuna on the planet. Check out the podcast here: http://www.theworld.org/2013/01/tunas-last-stand/

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Palau Makes World Heritage List

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has recently named the Rock Islands Southern Lagoon a world heritage site, earning Palau a spot on the World Heritage List. Read more at http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO1206/S00726/palau-wins-world-heritage-status.htm, and check out the world heritage list at http://whc.unesco.org/en/list.

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Palau community college receives grant

Palau Community College, located in Koror,  recieved a 1.7 million dollar grant from the TRIO Upward Bound educational program. This grant will aid college-bound students in Palau for years to come. To read more, please visit http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?cat=13&newsID=119770 or http://www.mvariety.com/regional-news/palaupacific-news/47413-palau-upward-bound-program-gets-us-funding.php.

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Brittle star species not seen since World War II found in Palau

An expedition led by instructors of USC Dornsife’s Scientific Research Diving program recently found specimens of a possible new species of Echinoderm. Recent dives in Palau uncovered three small Echinoderms in the class Ophiuroidea (Brittle Stars), close relatives of starfish. This particular type of Brittle Star was last seen roughly 76 years ago by Japanese researchers…

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