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Sustainable Tourism Pathways for Palau

The Republic of Palau is located in the Micronesia region of the western Pacific Ocean, and is a well-known tourist destination for its outstanding scuba-diving and snorkeling sites, picturesque rock islands, and unique jellyfish lake. Palauans have adopted an economic development strategy that is centered on tourism to these exceptional marine sites, a plan they have termed “Pristine Paradise. Palau”. However, over the past three years the number of tourists has increased by 70%, primarily from Asia. This massive boom in tourist numbers is threatening to degrade the very natural resources that tourists come to enjoy.

Palau’s sea cucumber fisheries the economic rationale for sustainable management

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After CSF analysis, Palau to close fishery for recovery

Ngardmau Palau fisheries training conservation economics value chainHairy Grayfish. Photo credit: Richard Brooks

Value-chain analysis of sea cucumber fisheries

CSF is partnering with the government of Ngardmau State, Palau, to conduct a value-chain analysis of their sea cucumber fishery. For the community of Ngardmau, sea cucumbers represent an important species culturally and, if managed properly, have the potential to significantly improve economic conditions in the area. The second highest-valued export commodity within the Pacific, sea cucumbers are among the few resources that can deliver profits at the village level.

Economic Tools for Marine Conservation in the Western Pacific - Palau 2014

"The amount of information given to me was huge and has, over a very short time, significantly altered my mentality as a conservationist/biologist. I'll cherish that for the rest of my career." --Palau 2014 Course Participant

Notes from the Field: Economic analysis in the Western Pacific

February was a month of non-stop travel for me. Having just started working with CSF I got shipped off on a whirlwind tour of Micronesia and Bali. Not a bad start I suppose!

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