National Park Service Office of Int’l Affairs on MOU with Palau for Tourism Management and Sustainability July 12, 2022 – Developing a new MOU between NPS and Palau The United States National Park Service (NPS) and the Republic of Palau have launched an official partnership for sustainable visitor use and tourism planning. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed April 12 during a ceremony at Ngardok Nature Reserve in Melekeok State, home to the largest body of freshwater in the Micronesia region and a variety of species native to Palau. The site will serve as a pilot site for sustainable visitor use planning framework, that will then be applied to other sites, both terrestrial and marine, in Palau. Jonathan Putnam from the National Park Service (NPS) Office of International Affairs discussed the process for the new MOU with Palau. In his presentation, Putnam covered the objectives in developing the MOU, the review processes within the State Department and Interior, lessons learned and necessary steps to move forward. NPS presentation on MOU with Palau for Tourism Management and Sustainability (View PDF) Press Releases on the MOU signing event that took place during the Our Ocean 2022 Conference in Palau: NPS and Palau Announce Formal Partnership for Sustainable Visitor Use and Tourism Planning (View NPS press release) Interior Deputy Assistant Secretary Keone Nakoa Promotes Traditional, Community-Led Initiatives for Conservation at Our Ocean Conference in Palau (View OIA press release) For more information about the National Park Service, visit their website here Questions, suggestions, comments? Contact Jonathan Putnam at Jonathan_Putnam@nps.gov.