Four years ago, Palau embarked on an extraordinary journey, announcing the protection of 80% of the waters in its domain. In January the Palau National Marine Sanctuary (PNMS) will become one of the largest marine protected areas in the world -- an area twice the size of Mexico. A report created by the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) and the Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions, in collaboration with an expert Working Group, supports the creation and implementation of the PNMS. The collaboration brought local and international perspectives together to catalyze marine protection while maintaining economic development and food security goals.
The report came at the request of Palau President Tommy Remengesau Jr., who has led the nation's shift towards ocean conservation. “Palau hopes to see its marine sanctuary inspire similar initiatives by countries around the world," said President Remengesau. "We believe a small island nation can have a big impact on the ocean, with ripple effects out into our larger world.”
This work was supported by the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), Future Earth, Nomis Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, in close collaboration with the Palau International Coral Reef Center.