MCT and U Municipal Government visit Palau for a learning exchange


From January 17-22, 2017, Chief Minister Dahker Abraham and Speaker Estepan Primo of U Municipal Government joined William Kostka of the Micronesia Conservation Trust (MCT) on a learning exchange to Palau. The aim of the trip was twofold: 1) to learn about the conservation efforts in Palau, specifically about their coastal fisheries management efforts in the Northern Reefs (Kayangel and Ngarchelong)and their watershed management efforts inBabeldaob- Ngardmau; and 2) to learn about Palau’s ecotourism efforts, as well as some of their ongoing challenges with the growing mass tourism in Palau. Because the visit coincided with the Inauguration of the newly elected administration, the visiting team from U Municipal Government and MCT rep were able to attend the ceremonies. This allowed the team to meet with President Remengesau and other leaders from Palau and the region.
The reason behind this learning exchange is to assist U Municipal leaders and its communities finalize and begin implementing the municipality’s own draft coastal fisheries management plan. A ceremony to adopt the plan is scheduled to take place later this month. The visit also gave the two U leaders a good sense of the types of eco-tourism activities that will be a good fit for the municipality. U Municipal leaders and other partners have begun the process of developing an eco-tourism plan. Implementation of some of the priority eco-tourism activities will be supported by a grant from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to the FSM/Pohnpei. Chief Minister Abraham and Speaker Primo were inspired by their visit and are also very thankful to The Nature Conservancy Palau Office and to other local partners and to the communities who generously hosted them.