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Noah Idechong was born and raised in a small fishing village on the east coat of Babeldaob island in Palau. He finished high school in Minnesota as an exchange student with the American Field Service program. After graduating from Hawaii Pacific College with a degree in Business Administration, Idechong returned to Palau to teach high school.

A hastily built road through his village changed the features of his community and boyhood fishing ground and led him to change his career path. Idechong developed a keen interest in marine resource development and management issues, moving from an administrative position to an officer in the Palau Natural Resources Division. With his fisherman's instincts and knowledge of traditional fishing values and practices, he spent the next 10 years working with fishermen and learning the challenges they faced as a result of modern development.

Idechong also traveled overseas to gain knowledge about the way in which other countries were addressing coastal resource management issues. His travels took him to Europe, Asia and throughout the South Pacific where he began to appreciate efforts by scientists, managers and administrators and build partnerships and links with villages and communities. In 1990, Idechong became the chief of the Marine Resources Division where he oversaw the development and management of Palau's marine resources.

In 1994, he and other concerned Palauan community leaders founded the Palau Conservation Society, a non-profit non-governmental organization devoted to protecting Palau's environment. Idechong was elected as the founding director where he now works actively with various partners to address the environmental challenges facing his country.

MORE INFORMATION

The Nature Conservancy Micronesia

"Time" website

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EDUCATION  

Bachelor of Science, Hawaii Pacific College
1976 - Business Administration, Hawaii, USA
  

KEY LEADERSHIP POSITIONS  

Palau Sports Fishing Association
2006-PRESENT- Vice President

Palau Conservation Society
1994- PRESENT- Founding Board Member

Palau Election Commission
1992- 1996- Commissioner

Palau Community Action Agency
1987- 1989- Board Member

Palau National Scholarship Board
1987- 1989- Board Member

Ngiwal Constitutional Convention
Delegate
  

KEY AWARDS & HONORS   

"Hero for the Planet"
2000 - Time.com

Distinguished Service Award
1998 - Society of Conservation Biology

Fellow
1997 - Pew Fellows Program in Marine Conservation

Goldman Environmental Prize
1995

Exceptional Performance Award
1989 - Government of Palau

Outstanding Performance Award
1987 - Government of Palau
  

SELECT PUBLICATIONS  

Graham, T. and N. Idechong. 1998. Reconciling customary and constitutional law: Managing marine resources in Palau, Micronesia. Ocean & Coastal Management 40(2): 143

Idechong, N., C. Cook and G.Wiles. 1992. Observations on the defensive and aggressive behavior of the leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) at sea. Herpetological Review 23(3): 70

Thomas, P.J., P. Holthus and N. Idechong. 1990. Proposed Management Plan for Ngerukewid Islands. Republic of Palau. SPREP Publication

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