The Global Manager of GEF Small Grants Program, Yoko Watanabe, expressed her appreciation of Palau’s conservation works and said that they are ready to do more projects here.

In a letter dated August 31 which was addressed to President Tommy Remengesau, Jr., Watanabe said the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) GEF Small Grants Programme is pleased to be working in Palau in the last 15 years.

According to Watanabe, GEF Small Grants Programme has been able to support 42 community-based projects, with an estimated $2-million grants handed to the civil society organizations and local communities to support projects on biodiversity conservation and land restoration, among others.

“Building on these experiences and lessons, we look forward to furthering our work on renewable energy, sustainable fisheries and agriculture, and biodiversity conservation by empowering local communities, and contribute to the national priorities and targets in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals, Samoa Pathway, and various Multilateral Environmental Conventions,” Watanabe’s letter reads.

“We also appreciate the strong continued support and cooperation with the Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment and Tourism as well as the State governments,” it added. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)