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The 16 state governments received over $1.8 million out of the $15.4 collected from the Pristine Paradise Environmental Fee (PPEF) in the last 2 years, from January 2018 to September 2019.

Report from the Ministry of Finance showed that $15,453,000.00 million dollars was collected as PPEF fee from January 2018 to September 2019.  Of that amount, over $1.8 million was allocated to the State governments.

By law, State governments receive $12.50 out of a $100 dollar PPEF fee to replace lost revenue from fishing licenses fees when Palau National Marine Sanctuary Act goes into full effect on January 2020 effectively closing 80% of Palau’s EEZ to any type of fishery.

State governments also receive a portion of the PPEF fee from Green Fee, a source of funds for Protected Areas Network (PAN) which is also derived from PPEF.

The $100 PPEF fee is charged every passenger entering the Republic of Palau and is incorporated into airline ticket fare.  Palauan citizens, spouses of Palauan citizens, diplomats and airline crew members are among those exempted from this fee.  Palauan citizens and spouses of Palauans pay the fee with airline ticket but receives refunds upon entering or leaving the Republic.

The fee, by law, is divided and allocated to specific agencies including State governments, Fisheries Protection Trust Fund, Palau International Airport, Green Fee and the National Treasury. (L.N. Reklai)