Last week the Palau International Coral Reef Center’s (PICRC) staff participated in a two and a half day strategic-planning meeting.  Every five years, PICRC develops a Five Year Strategic Plan to develop goals, objectives and milestones that the Center will focus on in order to achieve its mission. Through the development of a strategic plan, PICRC staff are able to bring ideas and thoughts forward to collaboratively devise a plan that will be instrumental in the growth of the Center over the following five years.



The development of the new strategic plan started with the Board of PICRC setting the direction for the next five years and raising critical questions and issues for PICRC to address in the next five year.  The staff then met last week to work out the detail of the strategic plan.


The 2018-2022 Strategic Plan consists of four goals. Collectively, these goals promote PICRC’s mission, “to guide efforts supporting coral reef stewardship through research and its applications for the people of Palau, Micronesia, and the world”.


The goals for PICRC for the next five years are as followed: 1. PICRC’s Research Initiatives Have a Highly Positive Impact on Marine Conservation Policy and Management, Providing Stakeholders with the Scientific Findings Needed to Effectively Manage Marine Resources.  2. PICRC is Consistently Expanding the Understanding of Marine and Coastal Management Priorities in Palau and Micronesia to Support Conservation Action.  3. PICRC is Institutionally Effective and Efficient with Proactive Governance, Leadership, and Staff that are Skilled, Knowledgeable and Consistently Achieving Excellence in their Work.  4. PICRC is Financially Stable with Sufficient and Consistent Funding to Operate as a Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Research in Palau and Micronesia.


The plan still needs to be finalized and sent out for peer review. Once finalized, it will be presented to the Center’s Board of Directors for its final review and approval. It’s imperative that as the Center evolves, plans for the future evolve with it. The past five years have been marked by remarkable growth for PICRC.  Now as PICRC looks towards the future, it anticipates continued growth to provide the science to guide management, conservation and policy toward Palau’s marine resources. [/restrict]