Aussies give $80K for world-first eco-tourism initiative in Palau

by Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The Federal Government recently announced Australia will be granting $80,000 in an initial round of financial support for a world-first eco-tourism initiative in Palau.

Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Julie Bishop, Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator the Hon. Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Senator Penny Wong and Senator Claire Moore visited Palau to see the difference the Pledge is making first hand in preserving Palau’s pristine environment and ancient culture.

Ms Bishop announced details of the grant provided by Australia, which further strengthens the country’s ties with Palau.

Following the efforts of the Palau Pledge, which involved a redesign of the country’s immigration policy to encourage visitors to become more environmentally conscious, the small island nation strives to overcome negative impacts of tourism and preserve their pristine environment and ancient culture.

Palau is an archipelago of over 500 islands, part of the Micronesia region in the western Pacific Ocean. Koror Island is home to the former capital, also named Koror, and is the islands’ commercial center.

The announcement was timed to coincide with World Ocean Day on Friday 8 June 2018.