Melekeok Launches Climate Resiliency Project
The women of Melekeok State came out in droves on Tuesday, October 11, for the community launch of the recently awarded USAID grant project entitled Reviving Traditional Croplands to Improve Community Climate Resilience. Palau Conservation Society along with one of its state partners, Melekeok State Government held the launch at Bailechesau, Melekeok State Office. The heavy rains did not deter about 35 community members as they joined Gov. Henaro Polloi, First Lady Alloysia T. Polloi, Ngiraingas Villany Thomas, and Mlechei Sabina Malsol to learn about the expected outcomes and benefits of the project to the Ngerubesang community.
The goal of this project is to build community resilience to climate change by focusing on watershed management and traditional soil conservation methods. The strategies and actions reflected in the project aim to achieve objective one of Palau’s Climate Change Policy Framework: enhance adaptation and resilience. Successful implementation of the project will result in the economic, environmental, and food security for the states of Melekeok, Ngaremlengui, and Ngarchelong.