Fri. Jun 21st, 2019

Citizen Science Project kick-off event in Ngardok Nature Reserve

Participants during the launching of the Citizen Science Project on June 6 at the Ngardok Nature Reserve. (Contributed Photo)

Citizen Science for Environmental Protection is an organization that provides tools for the public to observe, photograph, and document local species that would not otherwise be recorded.

The purpose of the project in Palau is to engage local citizens through the use of the iNaturalist app on a smart phone in the identification of local species in specific places in Palau with the intention of preserving all species. This is the first time to utilize a Citizen Science Project through the iNaturalist app as a social network in Palau, and explore various plants and wildlife in the Ngardok Nature Reserve in Melekeok, Palau.

The Kick-off event was organized by Omar Faustino, Program Manager of Melekeok Conservation Network, Dr. Hiromi Kobori, Distinguished Professor at Tokyo City University, and Dr. Theresa Lally, Program Director of the SDSU/PCC BA Program. The event was held on June 6th at the Ngardok Nature Reserve.

There were over 70 participants consisting of residents from the local Melekeok community, high school students, a researcher from the Belau National Museum, professors and students from New York State University, JICA Palau Office staff, PVA, Airai PAN, Hatohobei PAN, PANO and PANF, partner agencies and sponsors of the Reserve. The activities started at 9:30 am with welcome remarks by Mr. Jefferson Thomas, Chairman of the Ngardok Nature Reserve, followed by special remarks from Honorable Henaro Polloi, the Governor of Melekeok State.

Professor Hiromi Kobori (Tokyo City University) gave a lecture about the project, followed by information on how to register iNaturalist by Mr. Omar Faustino.

At 11:00 am, participants were divided in to seven groups. For 1.5 hours the groups took photos of plants and wildlife in the Reserve using their smart phones with the iNaturalist app. It was a fun competition to see what group recorded the most observations and species. After lunch, participants shared the results and information. The website of the Reserve remained open until 7:00 pm on June 7th as many participants could not upload the photos under the canopy of tropical rainforest and PNCC cell service was inadequate. By the end of the event recorded 90 observations, 24species, and 11 observers.

The iNaturalist app is now open to everyone to download on their cell phone. When you visit the Ngardok Nature Reserve, feel free to upload your observations in the iNaturalist app. Under project name “Lukel a Klengar er a Ngardok, Melekeok” This is a great way for locals and visitors alike to observe and record Palau’s diverse ecosystem.

Thanks so much to all the dignitaries and participants for making this event a success. Feel free to contact Omar Faustino at 654-2019 if you have any questions about the iNaturalist app.

Omar Faustino, Program Manager of Melekeok Conservation Network, Dr. Hiromi Kobori, Distinguished Professor, Tokyo City University Dr. Theresa Lally, SDSU/PCC BA Program Director. (PR)


ICB Bank and Pangea Foundation to cooperate on a password-based financial services business

June 14, 2019 - Palau ICB Bank will launch new financial services based on the Pangea Foundation and cryptography promote business.

ICB Bank on Thursday, the cryptographic currency foundation Pangea (PAN) and block chain-based cryptography and signed business agreement to promote the financial services business.

ICB Bank uses the Pangea Foundation's password currency 'Pangea' to combine financial services. We plan to jointly promote various Pin Tech businesses.

In particular, ICB Bank is working with Pangea Foundation. ICB Bank promote issuance of visa cards and master cards based on cryptography. The company is releasing debit cards that can be settled as collateral.

If a Visa or Master Card is actually issued, payment will be made in everyday life anywhere in the world. It is becomes possible, consumers can use the Visa/Master Card on-line merchant's Bitcoin, Ethereum.

The bank, a financial institution works with the Cryptographic Fund to provide financial services that can be applied in everyday life. The roll out is expected to be the first in the block chain pin tech industry.

An official from the Pangea Foundation said, "Working with the bank, in the future, global credit card companies and we will expand services to Eurpoe, Latin America and other countries in connection with possible banks." he said.

On the other hand, Cryptography Pangea (PAN) is an ERC20-based token used for remittance and payment. Adds a centralize authentication agreement to decentralized lenders technology for faster transaction rates. Billing platform at the same time. Currently, Indonesia, Vietnam, Uzbekistan, Europe, etc. and the Cryptographic Exchange of eight countries in Southeast Asia and Latin America.

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