In early March, Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) began its socioeconomic monitoring surveys. Since 2013, PICRC has conducted socioeconomic surveys in seven states: Kayangel, Ngardmau, Ngaraard, Ngiwal, Ngchesar, Airai, and Peleliu. In the next three years, PICRC is expected to finish these surveys in the remaining seven states of Ngatpang, Aimeliik, Melekeok, Ngarchelong, Angaur, Koror and Hatohobei.

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Ms. Lincy Marino, PICRC researcher, who leads the socio-economic monitoring surveys, has started the first round of surveys in Ngatpang State. On March 6, 2017, Ms. Marino held a training session with two women who volunteered to be surveyors in Ngatpang State. These surveyors will do most of the groundwork, interviewing heads of households of the hamlets in Ngatpang.

The aim of these surveys is to evaluate the effectiveness of the Protected Areas Network (PAN) sites through the public’s perspective. Are these designated PAN sites adequately managed and protected? What are some of the shortfalls that need to be addressed? Is the management and enforcement effective? With these questions answered, the PAN Office will better understand the status of the PAN sites and make changes that will better suit the people and the success of the sites.

PICRC would like to thank all the volunteers and the survey participants for their help on this survey. If there are any questions or concerns regarding this survey, please do not hesitate to contact Lincy Marino at 488-6950. [/restrict]