Palau - Palau Conservation Society (PCS)
Mission of the organisation
The mission of the Palau Conservation Society is to work with the community to preserve the nation’s unique natural environment and perpetuate its conservation ethic for the economic and social benefit of present and future generations of all Palauans and for the enjoyment and education of all who visit our islands.
All activities of the Palau Conservation Society are guided by two strategies; a Marine Conservation Strategy and a Terrestrial Strategy with a focus on the big island of Babeldaob. The Marine Conservation Strategy focuses on the creation of marine conservation areas as part of the Nation’s Protected Area Network. Goals of the strategy include preserving existing biodiversity and restoring native marine life to historical levels. The terrestrial strategy seeks to also create a network of protected land areas, but also seeks to institute natural resource use planning based on common community goals and visions. The strategies are carried out through targeted education and awareness work, policy recommendations, applied research, and community consultations.
- The Palau Conservation Society has completed the IBA Identification process, funded by the European Commission as part of a Pacific Regional Process to implement the IBA program. As part of the project PCS has carried out bird surveys in targeted states to determine critical habitats, as well as associated community work. A pool of talented and interested community members with an interest in birds and bird conservation is being formed through community visits. Click here for more details.
- On December 15, 2006, Ngeremlengui and Melekeok states traditional and elected leaders convened in the House of Delegates Chamber at the National Capitol to formalize the establishment of the Babeldaob Watershed Alliance (BWA). This landmark agreement is helping to protect the large areas of forested watersheds for water recharge and preservation of native ecosystems.