New Zealand is increasing its development cooperation with Palau in areas of mutual interest such as renewable energy, climate change, and oceans.

The relationship is built on areas of importance to both countries and to the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF).

To date, we have provided assistance in areas as wide ranging as governance, climate change and disaster resilience, agriculture and fisheries. A key area where we have been involved is renewable energy. We have supported the installation of a solar photovoltaic (PV) hybrid system on the outer-island of Kayangel, as well as a rooftop system on the main island of Koror in an effort to reduce energy sector emissions.

Some work is delivered through the North Pacific Development Fund, which is administered by the Consulate-General in Honolulu, Hawaii.

It provides funding for locally run projects up to the value of NZD$75,000. The Fund invests primarily in activities that support income and job generation, training, disaster management and community development.

What we’ve achieved already

  • Renewable energy support which includes the construction of a solar generation package.
  • Supporting an income-generation programme aimed at unemployed and under-employed community members, while rehabilitating taro patches that were damaged in recent typhoons.
  • Improved the safety and accessibility of an eco-tourism site that is impacted by soil erosion.
  • Removal of Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) in Peleliu State in order to safeguard the local community’s livelihood by removing ERW from the main waterway used by residents, traders, fishermen and tourists.

Current development priorities

  • Supporting fisheries management and governance to reduce illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fisheries.
  • Reduce the levels of climate change emissions and help provide more sustainable energy sources.
  • Support Palau in their leadership of the Our Ocean’s Conference 2020 to make positive changes related to marine protected areas, marine pollution, sustainable blue economy and maritime security.