Chairman David Orrukem and the Palau Conservation Society’s Board of Directors made their courtesy visits with the new Governors of Koror and Peleliu.  In Koror, the Board presented the Koror Coastal Fisheries Management Plan with supporting proposed fisheries bill and discussed with Governor Rudimch the ongoing effort to develop Koror’s sustainable fisheries management program. “While continuing existing efforts we also need to look at other needs for the people in which we can work together in our partnership to address” said Governor Rudimch, eluding to land reclamation to serve the continued demand for land leases.  Speaker Milan Isack and Floor Leader Marie Nabeyama were also in attendance at the meeting.   In Peleliu, the Board presented to Governor Roberts the draft Peleliu Protected Areas Network and Climate Change Adaptation Management Plan which includes designation of new sites through an executive order from the previous state government administration.  Governor Roberts said we need to be able to hire people to help guard and manage the sites.  The Governor, Speaker Billy Rekemel and several Legislators in attendance also expressed they would like to hold community hearings to understand how residents feel about the proposed Peleliu Protected Areas Network.  At the meetings, both Governors expressed their support of ongoing efforts and continued partnership with PCS to assist in new initiatives.   As a Thought Leader in biodiversity conservation and climate resilience, PCS partners with communities to address cross-sector and ecosystem-wide challenges in line with the Palauan conservation ethic of “omengereomel” or wise-use.  In its new     2022 – 2027 Strategic Plan PCS reaffirms its commitment to work with communities, states and national government agencies to build economic, cultural, and environmental resilience in a changing world.  The Targets, Conservation and Programmatic Goals in the new plan align with the Sustainable Development Goals in four themes:  People, Oceanic and Land Ecosystems, and Systems Resilience.

(L-R: Adolph Demei, David Orrukem, Elbuchl Sadang, Sandra S. Pierantozzi, TJ Imrur Remengesau, Sinton Soalablai)

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