Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) is happy to announce the theme for its 20th Anniversary Celebration, “The Future of our Ocean is in our Hands”. Celebrated every year on January 18th with a traditional Fundraising Dinner Gala, this upcoming year’s celebration will be virtual due to the global pandemic. With a program that highlights the Center’s accomplishments throughout these past 20 years, and with content that appeals to different audiences, PICRC would also like to thank partners, donors, and community at large, for supporting the Center’s efforts to protect Palau’s marine environments, for the benefit of its people.
The theme for this year reminds us that each and every one of us has a role in ensuring the health and the future of our ocean. From mangroves to seagrass, coral reefs and the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), our actions determine the health of our ocean as a whole. The Center’s work, which involves research, education, and outreach efforts, is meant to provide the community with information needed to make better decisions. The theme, therefore, demonstrates the importance of the Center’s work, in providing policy makers and community members the information they need so they can take actions that will help ensure the future of our marine ecosystems, and the ocean at large.