Shuri Chibana, Palau’s Micronesian Challenge Champion

Shuri Chibana, Palau’s Micronesian Challenge Champion released two short films about Palau’s environmental efforts on YouTube towards the end of October.
The short films, which are called “People for Conservation” and “BUL to PAN” highlight the conservation efforts being done in Palau and getting perspectives from different agencies such as Palau Protected Area Network, Ebiil Society, and Palau International Coral Reef Center.
During the film making process, Ms. Chibana stated that she had no experience coming into the Micronesian Challenge and that it was tough at first.
“I was overwhelmed, so I started where I could, I started learning,” said Chibana. She also credited her supervisor Geraldine Datuin for providing her with immense guidance during the process.
The footage that she took to make the short films are from PICRC and PAN Workshops. Her 2-week summer camp with Ebiil Society also made its way into the film.
The film took 8 months for her to complete and she said that this experience brought out a new perspective for her.
“Personally, these different opportunities helped me view our people, our culture, and the conservation of our island in a whole new perspective. It has truly aided me to understand myself as a youth of Palau and the community my generation will live to preserve,” said Chibana.
The Micronesian Challenge is a commitment to effectively conserve 30 percent marine resources and 20 percent terrestrial resources by 2020.
This was an agreement launched between Palau, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Republic of Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and Guam to protect the natural resources within their region.

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