Noah Idechong is The Nature Conservancy’s Executive Director of its new Micronesia & Polynesia Chapter.
Mr. Idechong has been the Interim Director of TNC’s Micronesia Chapter for several months until the announcement of his new position as Executive Director of Micronesia and Polynesia Chapter. Since 2015, he has been TNC’s senior advisor in large-scale fisheries management.
Well-known locally and internationally for his work in conservation, he was former Goldman’s Environmental Prize awardee and a Pew Fellowship recipient.
Locally, he has been a leading figure in Palau’s conservation efforts and growth over three decades. His career spans from a Chief of Division of Marine Resources and helping to draft the country’s first marine conservation legislation, to being a member of the House of Delegates and helping to enact Palau’s Protected Areas Network, Shark Sanctuary, and the Micronesia Challenge to being a founding member of Palau Conservation Society, and working to revive the use of BUL, the traditional conservation practice. He served on the Board of Palau International Coral Reef Research Foundation and served also as a consultant to other international conservation organizations.
“I will do my best to bring TNC’s core values and strengths to bear in supporting the needs of the people of the Pacific, supporting both national aspirations and the need to make incremental progress towards our shared global responsibilities,” said Idechong. (By: L.N. Reklai)