Palau is pioneering a new model of sustainable tourism


In partnership with Sustainable Travel International and Slow Food , the Palau Bureau of Tourism has launched a new project aimed at mitigating its tourism-based carbon footprint. Palau has since taken extensive measures to protect its environment and promote responsible tourism.

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A Breakthrough for Data-Poor Fisheries Starts in Palau

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Watch video above explaining the new technique for assessing fish stocks in Palau — an approach The Nature Conservancy hopes could be applied to data-poor, resource-poor fisheries around the world. (If On a dock in the small fishing village of Ollei, at the northern tip of Palau ’s largest island, Babeldaob, Harper Skang is about to cut open a fish — to save a fishery. Palau’s Fisheries ‘Skidding to the Edge of Collapse’ — Could Others Be As Well?

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Behind the Scenes: Photographing and Filming in Palau

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Before I left for Palau , friends and colleagues prepped me by regaling their stories of this magical world. What I quickly realized was that Palau wasn’t just a paradise for tourists on dive vacations, but also a nation of friendly, warm people eager to share their customs and make you feel like one of them. On one such occasion, I was invited to a fundraiser for the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC). Ian Shive is an award-winning conservation photographer.

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The Traveling Naturalist: Swimming with Jellyfish in Palau

Nature Conservancy - Science

A swarm of golden jellyfish at Jellyfish Lake in Palau’s Rock Islands. Palau is world-renowned for its incredible diving — it’s considered one of the 7 underwater wonders of the world. Jellyfish Lake is one of dozens of marine lakes in Palau. The entry fee to Jellyfish Lake is pretty steep — US $100 for a permit that includes Palau’s famous Rock Islands — as is the short terraced climb to get to the lake.

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How to Stop Catching Tomorrow’s Fish: A Tale from Palau

Cool Green Science

Like so many in my island nation of Palau, eating fish defines me as a Palauan. A tale of two small fishing villages in Palau is giving me hope — a tale based on science and community action. Though the villages are separated by vast fishing grounds, starting in the 1980s fisherman began following the advent of commercial fishing in my nation to see the impact of irresponsible fishing in other fishing grounds throughout Palau. I have eaten fish all my life.

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Top 10 ethical destinations in the developing world

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Argentina Bahamas Central America Chile Costa Rica Dominica Europe Latvia Mauritius News Palau Serbia South Pacific Islands Uruguay Ethical Traveler Green Travel NewsEvery year, Ethical Traveler reviews the policies and practices of the world's developing nations, then selects the ten that are doing the best job of preserving their environment, promoting human rights and creating a sustainable, community-based tourism industry.

World’s 10 best ethical destinations for 2014

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If You Want to Go Quickly, Go Alone. If You Want to Go Far, Go Together

Cool Green Science

Now we are taking that concept to the waters of Palau, and to one of the most valuable fisheries in the world – tuna. For twenty-five years, the Conservancy has worked with the people of Palau and their government to help protect their ocean territory. The Nature Conservancy has purchased a year’s worth of fishing rights (400 vessel days) in Palau’s longline tuna fishery. There is a great African proverb; “If you want to go quickly, go alone.

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Scaling up Conservation: Replication or Coordination?

Nature Conservancy - Science

The Ngemelis Islands Conservation Area in Palau supports many kinds of fish, including this school of common bluestripe snappers. In 2006, when the President of Palau called his peers to join in a commitment to place at least 30% of near-shore marine and 20% of terrestrial resources under “effective conservation” by 2020, a regional effort called the “ Micronesia Challenge ” was born.

Ocean Acidification: The Next Big Threat to Coral Reefs?

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Coral coring is one method of collecting data on ocean acidification in Palau. Setting up an experiment at the Palau International Coral Reef Center. The workshop location, Palau, helped with this one!). We will continue the work with our partners in Palau, US, and Australia, and are working together to fund a comprehensive research plan to address ocean acidification. By Dr. Lizzie Mcleod, Climate Adaptation Scientist for the Nature Conservancy, Asia Pacific Region.

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Gardenhouse in Beverly Hills boasts one of the nations largest green walls


Eco Green a-new-tab beverly-hills carbon footprint country gabled homes los angeles mixed-use ocean palau-bureau travel vertical-gardenInternational architectural practice MAD Architects has completed the Gardenhouse, a mixed-use development in Beverly Hills that is the firm’s first project in the U.S. and hosts one of the largest living green walls in the country.

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Two Suitcases, a Fax machine, an Ice Chest and a Mission

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In 1990, Tennessee born-and-raised agricultural scientist, Chuck Cook, and native Palauan office manager, Shanrang Wenty, launched the Conservancy’s conservation operation in Palau. View looking back towards Koror, Palau. The coral reefs of Palau are part of a massive interconnected system that ties together Micronesia and the Western Pacific. © Getting conservation going in Palau in the early 90s was tough. Palau was very different in the 1990s.

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We Have All Been Eating Tomorrow’s Fish

Cool Green Science

I am from Palau, a small island, roughly 160 square kilometers, in the Pacific Ocean. And I realized how similar and interconnected Palau and Hong Kong – and all the world’s islands – actually are. When I looked at the fish market and saw many small fish, it brought to mind my research with Palauan fishermen who have determined that 60 percent of the fish being captured in Palau are immature, meaning they have not had a chance to produce any fish for the future.

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Can Big Data Save the World’s Fisheries?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Small, fishing-dependent nations like Palau are the most impacted by IUU. Illegal fishing combined with the negative impacts of unsustainable fishing practices are taking a heavy toll on Palau’s marine resources. Palau takes home chump change at $1 to $1.5 Photo: © Nick Hall. By Lotus Vermeer. Big Data – it’s the latest silver bullet that can spot business trends, prevent disease, combat crime, and even revolutionize the health of fisheries. Or can it?

Big Fish, Not Reef Fish

Cool Green Science

I catch fish sometimes, but they are mostly reef fish because in Palau you need to travel far to catch tuna. But I see this as a part of solution to saving Palau’s fish, too, letting the fish grow and reproduce to replenish their populations. The Conservancy is working with the Palau government in establishing a national program that supports a network of aFADs that provides fishermen with access to tuna. Even though I live near the ocean, I am not a fishermen.

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Top 10 Best Eco-Holiday Destinations 2012

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Palau. Palau exhibits such enthusiasm for conservation efforts, it was chosen as a pilot for The Nature Conservancy’s Transforming Coral Reef Conservation program. Top 10 Best Eco-Holiday Destinations 2012. It is nice to be with family during the holidays but for some it can be a challenge.

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Roadkill on the Ocean Highway: Can Experimental Fishing Reduce Sea Turtle Bycatch in the Pacific?

Nature Conservancy - Science

But these tuna fisheries also generate a lot of roadkill and provide little revenue to the local countries where fish are caught, including the Solomon Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia and Palau. Starting with the postage-stamp sized nation of Palau — barely visible on most world maps — we are working with the local government to test new longline tuna fisheries practices, including using different fishing gear, fish bait and fishing methods. Aerial view of Palau.

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The Path to Sustainable Fisheries is Paved with Data

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A Breakthrough for Data-Poor Fisheries Starts in Palau. Kenya, Palau, Peru, US: Road Testing the Solution. Right now, Conservancy and working group scientists are working with practitioners and fisheries agencies on the ground at pilot sites for the lorna drum in Peru, spiny lobsters in Kenya, coral reef finfish in Palau, and rock crab and abalone in California to refine and road test the application. “If it doesn’t get measured, it doesn’t get managed.”.

From Theory to Practice: Managing Coral Reefs for Resilience

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Marine researcher recording data on coral reefs on the east side of Palau. © Ian Shive. By Cara Byington, Science Communications Specialist. Scientists and reef managers agree: the key to successful reef management is resilience. While that has been recognized for more than a decade, the challenge is understanding how to manage for resilience. Until now.

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World’s Largest Shark Sanctuary Created By Marshall Islands

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The island nation of Palau established the world’s first shark sanctuary two years ago, with over 240,000 square miles protected. The Bahamas followed the Palau announcement with one of their own, pledging to protect their 243,000 square miles of waters for shark species. Sharks have been present on the planet for more than 400 million years and are represented by hundreds of different species.

The Cooler: Tweeting Sharks, Animal Cannibals, Farmbots & More

Nature Conservancy - Science

One Palau reef system seems to thrive in acid conditions. A megapod of spinner dolphins was videotaped for the first time. Image credit: DH Parks under a Creative Commons License. By Marty Downs, Bob Lalasz, Matt Miller and Lisa Feldkamp of the TNC Science Communications team. We find tons of cool conservation and conservation science stuff every week on the Internets — now we’re sharing some of the best with you every week in The Cooler: Wildlife. When sharks use twitter. New Yorker).

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Reassembling Hydra, Flying Frogs, and Bird-Friendly Windows

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Palau considers a ban on fishing. Hydras regenerate many new bodies from just a few cells — even after being ground to bits. Think Phantasia …or Terminator. Live Green Hydra, photographed by Marc Perkins , shared through a Creative Commons license on Flickr. By Marty Downs, Bob Lalasz, Matt Miller, Lisa Feldkamp and Cara Byington of the TNC Science Communications team.

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Sustainable Ocean Development is Possible: Q&A with Maria Damanaki

Cool Green Science

Damanaki: We are working to apply similar approaches for Blue Growth by Design in other areas where we work, like Indonesia, Palau, Peru, Mexico and the U.S., Healthy oceans, development and economic growth can coexist. That’s the idea behind an emerging Nature Conservancy strategy led by Maria Damanaki, TNC’s new Global Managing Director for Oceans.

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International Fisheries Management Commission Agrees to Strategy to Amend Measures to End Pacific Bigeye Tuna Overfishing

Green (Living) Review

The Commission will meet in December in Palau. Members: Australia , China, Canada, Cook Islands, European Union, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, France, Japan, Kiribati, Korea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Chinese Taipei, Tonga, Tuvalu, United States of America, Vanuatu.

By Helping Sharks, We Help Ourselves

Cool Green Science

The FSM joins Palau, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and the Marshall Islands under the umbrella of the Micronesia Challenge in conserving their sharks, fish and marine-based resources. I am proud to be a Micronesian and a conservationist, and I am proud to have played a role in saving sharks. The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) recently declared their waters a shark sanctuary and off-limits to shark finning and fishing.

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From Paris: Finance Innovations Help Island Nations Adapt to Climate Change

Cool Green Science

Other island nations such as Palau, the Marshall Islands, Grenada and Jamaica all expressed interest in pursuing similar models to help protect their economies and increase their climate resilience. Mark R. Tercek is the president and CEO of the Nature Conservancy and author of Nature’s Fortune. Follow Mark on Twitter @MarkTercek. Small islands have big ideas.” Those were the words of my friend, H.E.

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Citizen Science Tuesday: Microplastics Project

Nature Conservancy - Science

And they’re showing up in ocean water from Maine to Palau, killing some of the wildlife that mistakenly eat them and leaching toxins into the food web. Plastic and related trash that washed ashore on the turtle nesting beaches of Sangalaki Island, in the Derawan Island chain off East Kalimantan, Indonesia. Mark Godfrey/TNC. What is the ASC Microplastics Project? Have you heard of microplastics? Every time you wash your clothes, you release 2,000 into the water system.

Q&A with Stephanie Wear: A New Tool to Predict Coral Reef Recovery

Nature Conservancy - Science

Vibrant coral reef in Palau. In the foreground is a very good example of coral bleaching. Photo © Ian Shive. By Justine E. Hausheer, science writer for The Nature Conservancy. Since the devastating coral bleaching event in 1998, scientists and managers have been working hard to understand why coral reefs have varying abilities to recover from bleaching.

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NatureNet Fellows 2015: Energy Tech from Clams, Rethinking Island Biogeography & More

Nature Conservancy - Science

2015 NatureNet Fellow Sanaz Vihidinia is developing completely new, highly efficient photovoltaic clean energy technologies and devices based on the light-scattering cells of giant clams, like this one found in the waters near Palau. image courtesy of Sanaz Vihidinia). By Cara Cannon Byington, Science Communications Specialist.

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A model for sustainable tourism in the San Juan Islands


Nesler wrote the pledge, inspired by destinations like Aspen and Palau. The San Juan Islands have the same problem as lots of beautiful places — it relies on tourism dollars and wants to welcome visitors, but the ecosystem can only take so much.

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Building From a Merger That Didn’t Happen

Cool Green Science

Image: Aerial view of the Rock Islands and coral seascape at the Republic of Palau. The following post is jointly authored by Mark Tercek, President & CEO of The Nature Conservancy and Brett Jenks, President & CEO of Rare. Last fall, we were pleased to announce that The Nature Conservancy and Rare planned to merge. However, after a thorough analysis by our teams, we announced earlier this year that we have decided not to merge.

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Meet the NatureNet Science Fellows: Sanaz Vahidinia

Nature Conservancy - Science

In the nutrient-poor waters of places like Palau, the clams evolved amazing algae farms that convert sunlight into food. Adventures in Alternative Energy: Giant Clam Edition. When most people think about alternative energy sources, Pacific giant clams probably do not spring readily to mind.

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Why Applied Science Can Often Be Truly Brilliant

Nature Conservancy - Science

Jeremy Prince (an academic), Noah Ideching (a Pew Fellow) and Steven Victor (an NGO scientist) are starting in Palau: small, yes, but promising. Heather Tallis, lead scientist, The Nature Conservancy. Image courtesy Heather Tallis/TNC. By Heather Tallis , lead scientist, The Nature Conservancy. I’ve had the chance to interact lately with university students in the natural sciences in Hong Kong, California and Georgia. These students are asking the same questions I did when I was a student.

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Mapping Ocean Wealth – Informing a Sustainable Ocean Economy

Cool Green Science

A single shark in the waters of Palau has a lifetime tourism value of $1.9 This post first appeared on National Geographic’s Ocean Views blog. I’m a somewhat recalcitrant tweeter. I’m not quite sure whether it’s worth the effort, but last month I joined a trending topic, a first for me. I tweeted: # IAmAScientistBecause I want to explain to people how much we all NEED nature. It was honest, but I wondered if it was a little trite.

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Shocking analysis by country of years left to zero emissions

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years ), Singapore (5.1), Czech Republic (5.2), Liberia (5.2), Netherlands (5.3), Russia (5.3), Nicaragua (5.4), Finland (5.5), Oman (5.6), Palau (5.6), Brazil (5.6), Uruguay (5.7), Denmark (5.8). “Australia is committed to a greedy and inhumane course of climate exceptionalism, climate racism and climate injustice.&#. We all know that we have to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution and eventually reach zero emissions.

Island Nations can fight Climate Genocide with Carbon Debt & Carbon Credit Analysis

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At the 2011 Durban Climate Conference the US, with the help of its climate criminal lackeys Australia and Canada, again succeeded in preventing requisite international climate change action. It was reported that Island States had again pleaded with other representatives to avert “ climate genocide ” but their pleas fell on deaf ears at Durban, as at Cancun, as at Copenhagen.

Analysis by country of fossil fuel burning-based Carbon Debt and Carbon Credit

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Fossil fuel burning yielding the greenhouse gas (GHG) carbon dioxide (CO2) is a major component of man-made global warming. In relation to carbon pollution from the burning of fossil fuels, Net Carbon Debt is equal to the Historical Carbon Debt (from fossil fuel burning since the start of the Industrial Revolution in circa 1750) minus the Carbon Credit (the residual carbon pollution from fossil fuel burning permitted between now and zero emissions in 2050).

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