Palau Conservation Society in partnership with State governments of Melekeok, Ngarchelong and Ngeremlengui launched a project to strengthen community resilience to the impacts of climate change called “Reviving Traditional Croplands to Improve Community Climate Resilience”, funded by USAID.
This activity assess and build up the states’ institutional and personnel capacity to manage their watersheds and is in line with the three states’ development objectives and their commitment to the Belau Watershed Alliance.
Palau’s climate change profile calls for increased rainy events in the coming years. More rainy events will add on to the existing problem of sedimentation. Because stormwater runoff results from heavy rains, storm water management measures are keys to protecting Palau’s watersheds sedimentation.
Combination of small building projects and farms in addition to larger activities such as road construction and larger developments contribute to increased sedimentation in Babeldaob. With this understanding, the states of Melekeok, Ngarchelong and Ngaremlengui have taken the first step to examine their watershed management capacity by participating in an audit workshop to assess their capability to effectively manage their watershed with focus on stormwater management measures.
Local leaders are eager to develop their States with minimal negative impacts. The audit workshops which took place April 12, 14, and April 18 provide the basis necessary to build on and improve on storm water management to better manage and protect their invaluable watersheds
Awareness and strong support for stormwater management exist in each State including strong community based organizations whose activities provide for stormwater management measures
Gaps and Needs Analysis reports to Gov. Remengesau of Ngaremlengui State, Gov. Polloi of Melekeok State, and Gov. Salvador of Ngarchelong State by PCS on May 2, 2017. The three states and PCS will continue the collaboration to develop capacity building plans to ensure the states’ respective watersheds are better managed and protected.