MOA Signed Between Belau National Museum and Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment, and Tourism

Belau National Museum (Koror, Palau)The Republic of Palau is the recipient of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Ridge-to-Reef (R2R) System of Transparent Allocation of Resources (STAR) project or GEF R2R STAR Project, whose purpose is to: (a) improve the Protected Areas Network; (b) effectively implement Palau's Sustainable Land Management policy; and (c) ensure integrated coordination, mainstreaming & project management. The project is headed by the Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment and Tourism (MNRET) and is being implemented by MNRET Bureaus, Programs, and other local partners. The Belau National Museum (BNM) is currently working with local and regional partners to conduct a nation-wide bird survey. This work is in line with the deliverables of the GEF R2R STAR Project under the Protected Areas Network (PAN) Program.

During May 14, 2020, Olympia E. Morei-Remengesau, Director of the Belau National Museum signed a Memorandum of Agreement with F. Umiich Sengebau, Minister of the the Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment &Tourism. The purpose of this MOA is to clearly identify the roles and responsibilities of each party in regards to integrating Palau-specific biodiversity and island ecosystem topics into a national bird survey.

BNM agreed to:

  • Develop a plan of key activities and milestones to achieving the outcomes and outputs of this MOA
  • Provide regular update of progress through briefing meetings with PAN Office representative.
  • Provide copies of materials and other products developed for this project.
  • Track the number of encounters with project materials and/or participation in project activities.

MNRET agreed to:

  • Provide funding support of the amount of $10,000 to support this project.
  • Review and provide input into development of the national bird survey when requested by BNM.
  • Provide other technical assistance and information requested by BNM and deemed appropriate by MNRET representative.

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