European Union Office in Kosovo 
European Union Special Representative in Kosovo

PRO-Resilience Action 2016, Palau

25/06/2018 - 10:29
Agriculture and Food Safety

Through this programme, the country will be supported through a series of activities focused around enhancing drought readiness.

Palau, with its mixture of low-lying atolls and high volcanic islands, and its vibrant tourism industry (160 000 arrivals in 2015 mainly from Asia) declared a State of Emergency due to the El Niño drought on 23rd March 2016. At that time it was reported that that tap water in Koror and Babeldaob was rationed to three hours a day. Total rainfall in Koror, the most populated state of Palau, for the first four months of 2016 was reported to be the lowest on record since 1951. Besides the economic impact on the tourist industry, all 21,000 residents of Palau are impacted by the drought and especially in the remote outer islands where the 3-4% of the population depend entirely on rainwater and the impacts on subsistence agriculture, health and nutrition are most severe. Furthermore the ongoing drought comes on top of the impacts of Typhoon Haiyan (2012) and Typhoon Bopha (2013), both of which were extremely severe events and impacted Palau.

Through this programme, the country will be supported through a series of activities focused around enhancing drought readiness and specifically:

  • review and update of drought readiness plans and their supporting legislation;
  • behavioural change activities, in collaboration with civil society groups, focusing on water conservation and making drought readiness an ongoing activity;
  • expansion of existing project investigations into the yield of underground water lenses; and
  • design and implementation of specific low cost, low maintenance measures to improve the supply and quality of water resources especially in populated outer islands, involving the private sector. 

 

Total Cost (EUR): 1 125 000

EU contracted amount (EUR): 1 125 000

Duration: July 2017 - July 2020

Implementing organisation: Pacific Community (SPC)

Funding Instrument: European Development Fund (EDF)

Benefitting zone: PW - Palau

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