Ecotourism Bucket List: Palau

Palau Archipelago. Photo: Global Environment Facility.

The UN Environment program has just announced a new project – “Advancing sustainable resource management to improve livelihoods and protect biodiversity in Palau.” The goal of the program is to help the citizens and government of Palau to better protect their nation’s substantial natural biodiversity.

The Palau Fantail, a native bird to Palau
The Palau Fantail, a native bird to Palau.

Located in the Pacific Ocean, 946 miles east of the Philippines, Palau is an archipelago of over 576 tropical islands. It’s also home to many endangered species of animals and plants that cannot be found anywhere else on Earth.

Where is Palau?
Source: Google Maps.

Maintaining a pristine natural environment not only helps the animals and plants that  make Palau their home, it also helps the local people whose livelihoods depend on tourism, which is the country’s largest source of income.

The nation-wide program is the first of its kind for Palau. It’s being funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and will be managed by Palau’s Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment, and Tourism.

The program will focus on sustainability, mitigating the impacts of climate change, and reducing invasive species. The approach is to bring together people from different backgrounds to create a united effort to protect Palau’s native biodiversity and the local community’s way of life.

For more information on the program, you can contact: [email protected]

If the gorgeous photos above enough aren’t enough to get you to add Palau to your eco tourism bucket list, maybe some of these Instas will:

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