Koror, Palau – The United States government, through the participation of the U.S. Ambassador to Palau Amy J. Hyatt, today launched an accredited course for Palau leaders to manage adaptation projects in the country.


The course is part of the United States Agency for International Development’s partnership with the University of the South Pacific under the Ready project to help Pacific Island countries become more environmentally and disaster resilient. The five-month course will help leaders strengthen their management skills to design and implement disaster resilience projects. Class participants include mid-level managers of government departments, including the Office of the President, nongovernmental organizations and representatives from the private sector.

“Resilient development requires everyone across all sectors of the economy to work together to adapt existing infrastructure and social systems to ensure that we are ready to manage the challenges ahead,” remarked Ambassador Hyatt. “The skills covered in this project management course are critical for successfully managing future investments.”

This is the first training supported by USAID’s Ready project in Palau. USAID is rolling out the course across Pacific Island countries, where more than 400 people are expected to participate, including women and people with disabilities

USAID’s five-year Ready project builds the capacity of governments and institutions to develop and implement effective environmental and disaster mitigation policies and strategies. Ready works in 12 Pacific Island Nations: Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, and Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. [/restrict]