Protecting Palau's rich biodiversity

Palau is located in one of the world's 35 biodiversity hotspots and a large part of its rich flora and fauna is native to the region. But overfishing, soil erosion and frequent typhoons are posing threats. Funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI), the environment conservation organization Rare has begun a nation-wide campaign and a host of projects. For instance, a group of women known as the "Erosion Control Ladies" are championing the reforestation of previously burned forest areas as well fighting erosion and sediment deposits in the ocean. In another project, children are learning why it's important to protect the Rock Islands. The uninhabited islands aren't just a UNESCO world heritage site and a major tourist attraction. They also offer feeding and breeding grounds for fish and turtles. Protecting Palau's unique biodiversity is the only way to ensure that the local population has enough fish to eat.



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