Palau Capacity Building II and Cross-Cutting Capacity Development Project

Mainstreaming global environmental priorities into national policies and programmes

Project Summary

This project is in line with the following Cross-Cutting Capacity Development (CCCD) Programme objectives: (i) Capacity Development (CD) 2 to generate, access and use information and knowledge; and (ii) CD 5 to enhance capacities to monitor and evaluate environmental impacts and trends. It is also aligned with the first objective of the Global Environment Facility - 6 CCCD strategy that is to integrate global environmental needs into management information and monitoring systems. It is a direct response to the GEF-funded National Capacity Self-Assessment Project conducted in Palau during the period of 2006-2007, which identified environmental information as a constraint for good environmental decision-making and that there was a need for more comprehensive datasets to be made available to stakeholders including decision-makers and also a greater capacity of stakeholders for analyzing and using this information in related policy and programme making. 


A 3-year UNDP/GEF funded project, which commenced in April 2015 and expected to end in April 2018, with an allocated GEF funding of US$550,000.

Under the first component, the project will improve existing management information systems to measure achievements towards global environmental objectives. Under the second component, the project will strengthen technical capacities to monitor and evaluate the state of the environment in Palau to use improved data and information for strategic decision-making in the interest of meeting global environmental obligations. Finally, under the third component, the project will focus on enhancing the institutional sustainability of capacities developed under the project, including strengthening the institutional linkages of data and information systems across agencies and stakeholder organizations. Lessons learned and best practices will be shared in the region.  

Project Objective and Outputs

The project objective is to strengthen Palau's capacities to meet national and global environmental commitments through improved management of environmental data and information. This will be achieved through the following outputs:

  • Harmonized collection and measurement methodologies of key data and information.
  • Existing databases and information systems are strengthened and networked to improve access to environmental data and information.
  • Agencies' data management protocols are revised to improve access.
  • Training on new and improved data and information collection and measurement methodologies.
  • Training on analytical skills to analyze/measure environmental trends.
  • Key agencies and OERC mandates have been revised and strengthened to catalyze improved decision-making for the global environment.

Key Expected Results

Through a learning-by-doing process, this project will harmonize existing information systems, and integrate internationally accepted measurement standards and methodologies, as well as consistent reporting on the status of the environment in Palau. It will target the development of capacities at the individual and organizational level, strengthening technical skills to manage data and transform this information into knowledge. The project will also support activities to strengthen the coordination between key sectors to address biodiversity, climate change and land degradation issues at systemic and institutional levels.

Achievements: April 2015 - April 2017

  • A fully functional project management unit was established and fully operational.  
  • Standards, norms and procedures for environmental reporting are established (e.g., endorsement of a National Grant Review Process) and will continue to be refined as the development of a Central Database is developed and tested. 
  • A policy decision-making mechanism (i.e. the National Environmental Protection Council Unit) was reactivated with an establishment of a Secretariat Unit, based in the Bureau of Budget and Planning, Ministry of Finance.   
  • Palau’s 1st National Environment Symposium was held in August 2016.
  • National Environmental Protection Council’s 2016 Year in Review completed.
  • First internal evaluation of the National Environmental Protection Council completed.
  • Palau’s 2017 State of the Environment Report developed. Recently used by the President of Palau in his State of the Republic Address in April 2017.
  • Initial set of national SDG core indicators identified and presently undergoing verification and finalization. Ministerial SDG Focal Points have been identified to support national coordination efforts.  

Who finances it?



Global Environment Facility


UNDP (in-kind)


National and Local Governments (in-kind)


Non-Government Partners and Collaborators (in-kind)



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