More than 200 students from different schools in Palau joined the celebration of the World Water day yesterday at the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC).

The World Water day is celebrated every March 22 to raise people’s awareness on the importance of water.

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This year’s celebration focused on the theme, Nature for Water, which explores nature-based solutions to address water challenges that people faced in this century.

PICRC, along with its partner agencies such as the Palau Conservation Society, Palau Public Utilities Corporation (PPUC), and the Belau Warship Alliance had coordinated for the event.

Each agency set up their booths to engage with students on the talk about water conservation and its importance to the people and the economy.

PICRC Chief Executive Officer Yimnang Golbuu said in an interview that challenges related to water supply is not only experienced in Palau but in many parts of the world as well.

“Billions of people [in the world] do not have access to clean water…and in Palau…not 100% of the people have access to treated water,” Golbuu said.

“With climate change, we have high chance of having more extreme weather events [such as] drought, extreme storms…we should always practice water conservation whether there’s rain or not, because when there’s drought and you practice conservation, we’re in a better shape,” Golbuu reiterated. (Rhealyn C. Pojas/Reporter)[/restrict]