The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) donated a research boat to the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) at the end of November 2022. This donation is part of a three-year joint coastal ecosystem management project.
The project, which aims to increase the resilience of Palau’s coastal ecosystems to climate change and environmental threats, started in February 2022. Titled ‘Project for Enhancement of Integrated Management of Coastal Ecosystems in Palau for Strengthening their Resilience to Climate Change’, it consists of four key components: integrated coastal ecosystem management system, mangrove ecosystem monitoring and management, soil run-off and sedimentation monitoring and management, and communication, education, and public awareness programs. This work will contribute to the long-term sustainability of Palau’s communities, environment, and livelihoods in the face of future challenges.
JICA has continuously supported PICRC since it began its activities in January 2001 through grant-aid from the Government of Japan. The new 33 feet long boat with twin outboard engines will be used for the project’s activities, such as mangrove and sedimentation monitoring, as well as PICRC’s other research programs.
In responding to the donation, PICRC CEO, Dr. Yimnang Golbuu stated, “We are grateful for the donation of this new boat by JICA. This new 32-footer boat will increase the research capacity of the Center since it can carry more researchers and equipment than the current boats at the Center. Having more researchers and equipment on each trip will mean that more work can be done. We thank JICA not only for this donation but for its partnership and support in helping Palau build its resilience to climate change.”
“It’s important that we bring this information to schools like Kayangel, which are far from Koror and don’t have easy access to the Center’s resources,” said Research Director Geraldine Rengiil. “We were able to do these outreach activities through coordination with the school principal and teachers.”