Palau’s full-size national project dubbed Integrating Biodiversity Safeguards and Conservation into Development was launched at the Palasia Hotel on November 6, 2018.

The six-year, $4.2-million project will be implemented in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), several state governments and a wide range of agencies, organizations and institutions.

Funding for the project was made possible by a grant through the Global Environment Facility (GEF), an international organization which has already funded several national projects in Palau.

This project aims to support sustainable development from a wider land and seascape planning and management approach and provide the enabling mechanisms to strengthen Palau’s current capacity for regulating, permitting and monitoring development projects.

Given the large scale of the project, the six-year time frame and multiple implementing partners, the main objectives of the meeting were to inform key stakeholders of the important roles they would be playing and the overall goal which can only be achieved through the partners’ collective commitments.

The meeting also presented an opportunity for everyone to revisit the project’s details, ensuring that activities to be implemented are current and relevant to the local context, given the project’s design and development of the proposal that was initiated in 2016 and GEF’s approval this year. (PR)