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Calendar iconUpdated September 20, 2022

Janice E. Castro currently serves as the Director for the Division of Coastal Resources Management within the Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. In this capacity, Janice oversees the administration of the Coastal Zone Management Program and the Coral Reef Initiative in the CNMI, managing their day-to-day operations of promoting conservation and wise management of coastal resources. Additionally, Janice coordinates and networks with local and federal partners, and represents the CNMI on several local, regional, and international initiatives in resource management, planning, and policies, including the Coastal States Organization, the United States Coral Reef Task Force, the Micronesia Challenge, and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme. Janice is also an alumnus of the Pacific Century Fellows -- Marianas Chapter.

Before being appointed as the Division's Director, Janice served as a Grants Program Manager where she addressed and resolved the Division's audit findings and developed systems of internal control and standard operating procedures in order to address oversight gaps.

Janice began her post-secondary studies at the Northern Marianas College, where she earned her Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts, before transferring to Seattle University where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Studies.

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The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs applauds the Association of Pacific Islands Public Auditors (APIPA) on completing its 33rd annual conference, held virtually from August 29 to September 2, 2022. More than 500 government financial accountability officials attended...

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Compact-Mandated Palau Economic Advisory Group Launched

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The Palau Economic Advisory Group (EAG), newly constituted to provide recommendations on how the United States can best contribute to the long-term economic stability and resilience of the island, convened its initial meeting Aug. 22-26, 2022. The goal of this first meeting was to learn about the...

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Palau Economic Brief Documents (2022)

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The 2022 Palau Economic Brief and Presentation is produced annually to present an independent assessment of the Republic of Palau’s economic performance and policy environment, as well as independently verified economic statistics

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Assistant Secretary, Carmen G. Cantor, Welcomes APIPA 2022 Conference Participants

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Carmen G. Cantor, Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs, gives a warm welcome APIPA 2022 Conference participants.

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