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Palau A small island state that refers to itself as a big ocean nation: the Republic of Palau can be found in a lonely corner of the Northern Pacific, some 1,000 km to the west of the Philippines. Spread over 350 separate islets, its 21,000 inhabitants boast a deep connection with the water that surrounds their island home – a connection that can be felt all the way through their culture, ecology and economy.

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PROTECTING OCEANS, PROTECTING FUTURES As well as – or perhaps because of - being both culturally and economically dependent upon its oceans and coasts, The Republic of Palau is one of the world’s most forward thinking countries when it comes to marine conservation. A sustainable use of the ocean’s resources has been at the forefront of the small island state’s agenda since the country’s tribal era, a time when bans on fishing both predator fish and spawning fish were once common-place. With the onset of Palau’s democratization, however, these more traditional governance and management structures began to lose authority, lacking the co-ordination to respond to global issues such as rising tides and coral bleaching and failing to address local threats to the eco-system, such as the increased amount of illegal poaching and fishing in Palauan waters.

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