On September 27th, Japan International Collaboration Agency (JICA) and local experts evaluated Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) and its partners on their joint project known as the Palau Coral Reef and Island Ecosystem (P-CoRIE) Project. This five year project, now in its final year, received high marks from the evaluation team.
The P-CoRIE Project was launched in 2013 to provide science based recommendations to enhance the sustainability of coral reef and island ecosystems under the impacts from climate change. The project was a collaboration between PICRC, the University of Ryukyus (UoR) and Palau Community College (PCC). It was founded under the umbrella of the Science and Technology Research partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS) funded by Japan International Collaboration Agency (JICA) and Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).
The Joint Terminal Evaluation team was led by Mr. Kazunobu Suzuki, who is the Director of the Global Environment Department of JICA. Ms. Reiko Iitsuka from JICA, Mr. Hiroyuki Okuda from Tekizaitekisho LLC, Dr. Yoshifumi Yasuoka from JST and Mr. Hiroki Kabumoto from JST also took part in the evaluation. Joining the JICA and JST team in the evaluation were local experts, including Mr. Steven Victor, Director of the The Nature Conservancy Micronesia, Ms. Metiek Kimmie Ngirchechol, Laboratory Supervisor from Environmental Quality Protection Board, Mr. Foober Skebong, representing Protected Areas Network Office.
The project was evaluated based off of five criteria: relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability of the projects achievements after its completion. The project received a “high” evaluation for the project’s relevance and a “relatively high” evaluation for the remaining four criteria. Mr. Suzuki praised the project for its accomplishments and stressed how impressive these results were in comparison to other SATREPS projects.
Following the evaluation Mr. Suzuki shared the evaluation team’s recommendations, suggesting that partners involved, both Japanese and Palauan maintain a strong relationship following the completion of the project. They further suggested that PICRC becomes a Center of Excellence for coral reef conservation in Asia and the Pacific. While this project will conclude in March 2018 the research team is fully prepared to continue this collaboration into the future. [/restrict]