This Pacific Country/Territory Profile in the solid waste and recycling sector was published in 2018 as part of a compendium of fifteen individual country profiles that seek to identify and quantify the opportunity to improve the resource recovery of fifteen common commodities1 present in the solid waste stream.
The cost of providing water and sewerage services is approximately $2.8 million per year. Of this, $600,000 is collected in fees. The balance, $2.5 million (17% or domestic revenue) is met through the Government’s annual budget appropriation. This high subsidy—at 80% of costs and 1.2% of gross domestic product (GDP)—is a significant burden on the Government.
Despite some positive achievements in Palau’s development, government, business, culture and community life, the changes in institutions, laws and capacity in the infrastructure sector have been inadequate to serve the national strategy of reduced government subsidies and involvement in the water supply and sanitation sector.1 Government of Palau (GOP) revenue covers about 60 percent of total recurrent expenditure, but almost none of capital works costs.2