FPNMS President Adolph Demei along with Minister of Education Dale Jenkins receiving the $1,200 donation from Ambassador Jessica C. Lee

Koror, Palau – On May 26th, 2022, the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) donated $1,200 dollars to support the Palau Pledge Dive Camp program. This dive camp is held in partnership with the Ministry of Education and will take place during the first intercession in September 2022.
The donation was presented by Ambassador Jessica C. Lee to Friends of Palau National Marine Sanctuary Board President Adolph Demei along with Minister Dale Jenkins. Friends of the Palau National Marine Sanctuary would like to extend their deep gratitude to the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) for their assistance in supporting Palau’s future environmental stewards.
To date, there have been a total of 87 young Palauans who have received their scuba diving certification through this program. The upcoming dive camp will take place during the first intercession of the upcoming school year and will be featured as one of the activities for students to participate in over the break. The aim of the dive camps is to provide opportunities through service-learning, and explore future career paths by hands-on experience with Palau’s culture, environment and history. In order to reach optimal involvement, Palau Pledge partners with Sam’s Tours to offer the PADI Junior Open Water Certification to solidify the youth’s interest in conservation and awareness. The combination of marine and cultural activities aims to bring excitement to preserve the future for generations to come.
About the Palau Pledge The Palau Pledge is a world-first initiative that requires all visitors to the country to make a commitment to protecting Palau’s natural environment and respect local traditions. With so many visitors, the government recognised the need to make these visitors accountable for their actions to avoid significant environmental damage and cultural disruption.
The Palau Pledge asks guests to take responsibility for their actions and make a conscious effort to tread lightly – to have minimal impact and help conserve Palau (respecting the modern-day BUL) during their stay – so that they can enjoy the many marvels of Palau without taking away from them. The pledge aims to conserve the country’s natural and cultural resources so citizens and guests can enjoy our pristine paradise for years to come.

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