Koror, Palau (July 25, 2018) – Ngatpang is the latest state to join the national Protected Areas Network.

Upon the completion, review and approval of their protected areas management plan, the State accessed its first annual operational funds at the beginning of fiscal year 2018.  This first disbursement of funds included the cost of a boat to be used for enforcement and monitoring of the three marine protected areas in Ngatpang.

the PAN Office and PAN Fund met with Governor Jersey Iyar and representatives of traditional and elected leaders to hand over the 25-footer, twin 85hp boat to the Ngatpang State PAN Program and state PAN coordinator, John Techitong, on June 27, 2018.

During this first year of operations, the Ngatpang State PAN program has focused on recruiting staff, establishing the office, and procuring necessary equipment. (PR)