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The Protected Areas Network (PAN) together with several agencies teamed up to help PAN site managers gain the necessary knowledge and skills to be able to effectively manage their states’ protected areas, which was the main goal of the three‐day work shop facilitated by the Palau Conservation Society(PCS).

The workshop was held on July 16‐18 at the Kedarm Conference Room at the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC). Participation of this workshop was open to all PAN state coordinators/managers, rangers, and conservation officers of the 15 States that were part of the larger network of protected areas under PAN.


Over the course of three days, participants were able to (1)gain better understanding of the Palau PAN,(2) improve their ability to implement state PAN management plans, and (3)understand basic monitoring and evaluation application by linking them to their state PAN management plan implementation.

With these three main objectives in mind, the participants were able to have relevant discussions among their peers, science experts, traditional leaders, and conservation activists on how to better manage their protected areas and its natural resources.

Notable speaker during the first day of the workshop included Paramount Chief Reklai, Raphael Bao Ngirmang, who shared his insights on the Palauan conservation tradition. He was then followed by environmental activist and PICRC Board Chairman, Noah Idechong, who shared his first‐hand account of how PAN was established. Another notable presenter was Ministry of Education (MOE) Director, Andrew Tabelual, who discussed the importance of good leadership in the workplace.

Numerous topics and discussions held during the workshop included (1)over view of Palau’s national and international policies relevant to conservation management,(2) Palau’s resource status of coral reefs, forests, and birds,(3) definition and understanding effective conservation,(4)the use and importance of the Palau PAN tool for conservation, (5) discussion on qualities of an effective leader;(6) results based management, and (7) the importance of monitoring and evaluation .Participants had the opportunity to practice skills introduced during the workshop as well as share their own successes and challenges in managing their PAN sites.

Organizers and presenters of the PAN Effective Management Workshop was made possible by various partner agencies such as the Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment, and Tourism (MNRET),Palau Conservation Society(PCS), The Nature Conservancy(TNC),Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEFSGP),United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Pacific Islands Managed and Protected Areas Community (PIMPAC); Climate Change Office(CCO), Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC),The National Environmental Protection Council(NEPC),and the Ministry of Education.

The PAN Office under the Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment, and Tourism (MNRET) along with PAN Fund would like to thank all State representatives and partner agencies for making the three‐day workshop a fruit fulone. (PR)