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Palau’s Minister of Natural Resources, Environment, and Tourism Harry R. Fritz accepts Ngardmau State’s PAN Application from Governor Akiko Sugiyama. Minister of State Victor Yano applauds. PCS helped Ngardmau develop its PAN application.

Palau Protected Areas Network (PAN)

The Palau Protected Area Network (PAN) is an innovative mechanism designed to protect the nation’s critical biodiversity and ensure the resources are effectively conserved. The PAN was established by national law in 2003, and set up a framework for a national system of protected areas. State, community, and private protected areas may apply for membership. Membership in the PAN enables access to technical resources, participation in a national monitoring system, and gives eligibility to receive national funding. Subsequent pieces of legislation established a Green Fee, a fee paid by all visitors leaving Palau. Green Fees go into a restricted PAN Fund, which is reserved for PAN member sites. PAN member sites must have a management plan that meets specific criteria to access PAN funds. In return, states and communities owning PAN member sites agree to effectively conserve the natural resources in the protected areas.

Download PAN documents from our Resources page, including legislation, regulations, application forms, and criteria.

PCS partners with both the national government and states and communities to strengthen and implement the PAN. PCS partnered with the national government to develop detailed criteria for management plans and assists regularly with outreach and development of monitoring protocols. PCS partners with states to help them identify candidate PAN sites and develop PAN applications. In 2010 to 2011, PCS facilitated PAN membership for 5 states (with 12 protected areas), more than doubling the number of PAN member sites. PCS has made it a priority to help all eligible sites become PAN members.

file icon pdf Click here for a list of Palau’s protected areas and PAN member sites.

Palau has determined that only PAN member sites count towards the Micronesia Challenge 30/20% “effective conservation” commitment.


We assist states and communities to participate in the PAN by:

  • Providing information on the PAN
  • Assisting states to identify candidate PAN sites
  • Helping states draft PAN applications
  • Helping states draft PAN related legislation or resolutions
  • Advocating for state applications to the national government
  • Assisting states to develop management plans
  • Identifying management needs and costs
  • Assisting states with PAN reporting requirements

PCS played a big role in the establishment of the PAN, including development of the PAN legislation and regulations.  We currently assist the national government to implement the PAN by:

  • Conducting education and outreach on the PAN
  • Encouraging and facilitating state membership in the PAN
  • Facilitating meetings and partnerships for the PAN
  • Assisting with the development of monitoring protocols and management plan criteria
  • Providing advice and reviews of PAN documents
  • Serving on the PAN technical committee
  • Assisting PAN to standardize reporting templates