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Ms. Madelsar Ngiraingas, Micronesia Community Partnerships Manager, OneReef.

Ms. Madelsar Ngiraingas, Micronesia Community Partnerships Manager at OneReef, will share how traditional knowledge and practices of island peoples are legitimate ways of knowing, and when combined with modern science and technology results in innovative resource management, biodiversity conservation, sustainable livelihoods, and environmental justice.

My Life, My Responsibility: Traditional Stewards in the Blue Economy
Speaker: Ms. Madelsar Ngiraingas, Micronesia Community Partnerships Manager, OneReef
Tuesday, October 20th, 2020
6:00pm to 7:00pm Pacific Time
Online via Zoom (details below)

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About the Topic

Traditional stewardship (indigenous knowledge, principles and practices that shaped our way of life as guardians of our islands and our identity) must be considered and integrated with modern technologies, science, and financing to generate positive, long-term, and successful solutions, impacts and/or pathways for mitigation and adaptation to changing global conditions (social, climate, environmental, etc.).  As Pacific Islanders with limited resources, traditional stewardship was intrinsic to and fundamentally shaped our traditional methods of resource management, sustainable livelihoods, biodiversity conservation, and environmental justice.  Our unique identity as Pacific islanders as well as our survival and resilience as a people are a result of our intimate kinship with and mutual respect for the ocean (nature).  Perhaps, innovative possibilities and opportunities for a resilient and thriving blue economy might proliferate by equitably combining traditional stewardship with modern science, technology and financial investments. 

About the Speaker

Madelsar is currently OneReef’s Micronesia Community Partnerships Manager. She helps to manage and strengthen community partnerships with diverse stakeholders who similarly value the importance of coral reefs and their role for island communities.  She was born and raised in the Republic of Palau and has extensive experience in community-based non-profit organizations that primarily focus on gender issues, women’s empowerment, youth development, environmental conservation, and tourism. Madelsar has two B.A. degrees in History & Women’s Studies from Washington State University, and an M.A. in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, San Diego. Professionally, she has been an educator for nearly 15 years and has served in various capacities on matters related to climate change, sustainable land management, historical/cultural preservation, tourism coordination, food security, integrated farming, and policy development.

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Lecture Location:  Online via Zoom

Title: Class #IEPG 8666A: Intl. Marine Policy Speaker Series

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The Center for the Blue Economy is a research organization at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.  Our mission is to promote a sustainable ocean and coastal economy (the “Blue Economy”) through leadership in research, analysis, and education.  For questions contact: Rachel C. at or visit or call 831-647-4183 (must leave message and receive call back).