Written by Marissa McBride
The Republic of Palau is an up and coming destination for divers, tourists and adventurers. With turquoise waters and incredible dive sites, Palau is an island country located in the western Pacific Ocean. This tropical destination has caught our attention as a marine conservation superstar – here’s why!
1. For many years, the Republic of Palau has been dedicated to the conservation of seven different species of sea turtles, nearly all of which are endangered.
2. In 2009 Palau created the world’s first shark sanctuary.
3. Known as the “Champion for the Environment,” President Thomas Remengesau Jr. created Palau’s first no-take area in 2015, which covers approximately 193,000 square miles and encompasses 80% of Palau’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Following a transition period of five years, the marine sanctuary is expected to be in place by 2020.
4. In 2016, they were the second country in the world to ratify the Paris Climate Agreement.
5. Also in 2016, Palau produced a five-year plan for the EEZ no-take area, which called for “robust monitoring and control measures,” which protects marine life from harmful oil spills and illegal fishing.
The Republic of Palau recognizes the importance of marine biodiversity and marine protected areas. Marine Conservation Institute applauds Palau for the immense efforts towards protecting the ocean’s most important places.
If you’d like to learn more about Palau or any other marine protected area, check out MPAtlas.org, our interactive database for MPAs!
To find out more about Marine Conservation Institute visit www.marine-conservation.org.