On November 08, 2017, the Palau Protected Areas Network Fund, in collaboration with the Palau Protected Areas Network Office, disbursed a sum of $47,000 to Ngatpang State Government to initiate effective management of its designated protected areas. 

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This amount represents the first tranche of funding that Ngatpang State will be receiving for fiscal year 2018 to support the recruitment of key personnel and to implement activities outlined in its 5-year management plan.

Ngatpang State became a member of the Palau Protected Areas Network in July 2014.   In August 2014, PAN Fund disbursed the initial $10,000 to initiate the development of its management plan.

In January 2017 PAN Fund disbursed a sum of $50,000 as mobilization funds to establish office, hire a coordinator as well as to finalize its 5-year management plan.  Ngatpang State joins the 13 PAN Member States to have successfully transition into regular PAN management funding. [/restrict]