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A Pledge for Palau

Palau is a cluster of 340 islands in the Pacific Ocean; it has a population of nearly 18,000 with most living on just four of the country’s islands. Extraordinarily remote – Palau is a 3-hour flight from the Philippines – Palauans mostly depend on the marine environment and eco-tourism for their livelihoods.

Significantly, Palau is making waves as the first nation on earth to change its immigration laws so as to actively support environmental protection. On entry to the country, visitors are obliged to sign an ‘ecological passport pledge’ to act responsibly for the sake of Palau’s future generations. Expressed as a poem, the pledge includes the promise:  “I vow to tread lightly, act kindly and explore mindfully.”

Building on their ecological stewardship, Palau is set to host the ‘Our Ocean 2020’ – the seventh such global conference, later this year. Bray Leino Events is proud to have been appointed to manage a 3-day side event to the conference that will bring together Heads of State and high-profile influencers who are energetically involved in environmental awareness causes and climate change campaigns.

Hosted by the First Lady of Palau, the event will seek ways to protect Palau’s islands for future generations. It will adopt ancestral and modern ways to bring people together: both TED-style talks and networking receptions in a traditional ‘Bai’ setting – a village meeting house where leaders and elders collectively resolve problems and collaborate on new solutions. The goal will be to secure compelling commitments from the many attendees who can galvanise positive change.

On a recent visit to Palau, our team explored potential locations to host the event and planned how to address the considerable logistical challenges involved. James Butler, Head of Production at Bray Leino Events, commented: “We are really excited to be working on this event which will have significant impact for the people of Palau. During our recent site visit, we were keen to ensure that the event infrastructure we build can be re-used by generations to come, leaving a legacy for Palauans long after the event ends.”