Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) researcher Lincy Lee Marino has been awarded the prestigious Bill Raynor Micronesia Challenge (MC) Scholarship Fund.
For the past three years, Ms. Marino has worked at PICRC as a researcher, where she contributes to Palau’s conservation efforts by conducting socioeconomic and ecological studies that inform policymakers, stakeholders and community members of necessary efforts to managing and conserving their resources.
From her work and personal experiences, Ms. Lincy saw a great need in promoting sustainable management practices in Palau – from development to fisheries and more. Though many countries tend to sacrifice its environment for economic prosperity, it is important for Palau to not lose sight of our pristine environment in exchange for a better economic standing. Thus, it is important to integrate sustainable management practices into all aspects of life in Palau, in order to preserve the environment, along with our cultures and traditions, which are very much tied to the environment.
With this in mind, Ms. Marino has chosen to pursue her postgraduate education at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. Her graduate study focuses on the relationship between resources use and sustainability and sustainable management practices. Her program covers the interrelationship between resource use within a growing global economy; effective communication techniques; social responsibility in sustainable development contexts; how to promote more sustainable communities and more.Through a rigorous online program, she is able to continue working while doing her studies. She hopes to graduate with her masters in science (M.S.) degree in Sustainable Management in May 2020.
Bill Raynor was a conservation pioneer in the Micronesian region during his lifetime. Among many of his efforts, most notable were the establishment of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) program in Micronesia, as well as the Micronesia Conservation Trust (MCT) and other jurisdictional programs. As such, the MC Scholarship is awarded to two individuals in the Micronesian region who are pursuing post-graduate education, and who, like Bill Raynor, exhibit the drive and passion for environmental conservation efforts.
“We are excited about this wonderful opportunity that allows Lincy to pursue higher education, and we congratulate her for this scholarship. We are committed to supporting Lincy in her efforts to gain her Master’s degree. One of the core values of the Center is investing in people and learning, and we know that investing in Lincy will benefit the Center and Palau in the long run,” stated PICRC CEO, Dr. Yimnang Golbuu.Armed with her experiences and guidance at PICRC, and the MC Scholarship Fund, Ms. Marino will be able to accomplish her educational goals and continue contributing to Palau and regional conservation efforts. (PR)