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Conversations about Islands featuring the U.S. territories and the freely associated states with a focus on OIA-funded programs and people whose work is relevant to American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau. Hosted by the U.S. Department of the Interior's Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) Deputy Policy Director and Communications Lead Tanya Harris Joshua. OIA Conversation Series | #WhatWeDoIslands | www.doi.gov/oia | @InsularAffairs | #InsularAreas

Conversations about Islands featuring the U.S. territories and the freely associated states with a focus on OIA-funded programs and people whose work is relevant to American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau. Hosted by the U.S. Department of the Interior's Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) Deputy Policy Director and Communications Lead Tanya Harris Joshua. OIA Conversation Series | #WhatWeDoIslands | www.doi.gov/oia | @InsularAffairs | #InsularAreas

Location:

United States

Description:

Conversations about Islands featuring the U.S. territories and the freely associated states with a focus on OIA-funded programs and people whose work is relevant to American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau. Hosted by the U.S. Department of the Interior's Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) Deputy Policy Director and Communications Lead Tanya Harris Joshua. OIA Conversation Series | #WhatWeDoIslands | www.doi.gov/oia | @InsularAffairs | #InsularAreas

Language:

English

Contact:

202 355 3023


Episodes

T'Nelta Mori of Guam, a 2022 Graduate of the Executive Leadership Development Program

5/16/2022
Guam's T'Nelta Mori is one of over 175 young public servants from the Insular Areas who have graduated from the Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP). Ms. Mori shares her impressions and experience in the program. She serves as the Legislative Director for Guam Congressman Michael F.Q. San Nicolas. Since 2008, the Office of Insular Affairs has supported the participation of young leaders from the Caribbean and the Pacific and contracted the Graduate School to develop and implement...

Duration:00:20:40

The Mariana Islands Nature Alliance with Becky Furey - an OIA Conversation Highlight

4/15/2022
With grant funding support from the U.S. Department of the Interior's Office of Insular Affairs, the Mariana Islands Nature Alliance (MINA) runs an ocean ranger program (Tasi Watch) and works with students to promote the protection of natural resources. Learn more about the MINA and their work in the Northern Mariana Islands in the full OIA Conversation with Program Manager Becky Furey. The short video is available on the OIA YouTube Channel and the full OIA Conversation is also on...

Duration:00:03:17

Guarding the Ocean and Protecting Natural Resources in the Mariana Islands with MINA and Tasi Watch

4/1/2022
The Mariana Islands Nature Alliance (MINA) runs an ocean ranger program (Tasi Watch) and works with students to promote the protection of natural resources. Tasi is the Chamorro word for ocean. Learn more about the MINA and their work in the Northern Mariana Islands in this conversation with Program Manager Becky Furey. Follow MINA on Facebook and visit the MINA website at https://www.minapacific.org/. MINA has been a successful grant recipient of the Coral Reef and Natural Resources...

Duration:00:22:04

Protecting Coral Reefs Against the Stony Tissue Loss Coral Disease in the U.S. Virgin Islands

2/25/2022
Coral reefs in the U.S. Virgin Islands are under attack from the Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease. With assistance from the Office of Insular Affairs, the USVI DPNR partners to save coral reefs which protect coastal resources and are home to vibrant fisheries resources, providing food and bolstering tourism industries in the territory. Learn more in this conversation with: Matt Warham, Director of the Coral Reef Initiative at the Department of Planning and Natural Resources in the United...

Duration:00:18:10

Pohnpei Public Radio keeps listeners in Pohnpei and overseas informed and entertained.

12/23/2021
In fiscal year 2021, the Pohnpei State Governor's office successfully applied for Technical Assistance Program funding from Interior's Office of Insular Affairs to help the Pohnpei Public Broadcasting Corporation and the V6AH radio station. Commissioner Peterson Sam shares how the radio station will be strengthened by that support, the programs it provides, and the public it serves in Pohnpei and overseas. OIA Conversations is a series of conversations with officials and stakeholders who...

Duration:00:21:45

Micronesia is a Biodiversity Hotspot - A Highlight

9/30/2021
Trina Leberer, the Pacific Division Director at The Nature Conservancy based on Guam discusses the value of Micronesia's biodiversity, conservation efforts in the Micronesia region, among the Insular Areas, and the important interconnectivity of life and resources and resource protection for livelihoods both on land and sea. For more information about the U.S. Department of the Interior's Office of Insular Affairs, visit our website at www.doi.gov/oia, follow on Twitter @InsularAffairs, and...

Duration:00:03:26

Conservation in the Micronesia Region with Trina Leberer of The Nature Conservancy

9/13/2021
Trina Leberer of The Nature Conservancy discusses work and collaborations in the freely associated states and and the Pacific U.S. territories. With a regional office on Guam, The Nature Conservancy has been active in the Micronesia region for over 30 years, helping inspire and support conservation efforts in the region. OIA Conversations is a series of conversations with officials and stakeholders whose work relates to the U.S. territories and the freely associated states, discussing...

Duration:00:37:32

Vivian Hutson, Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Pacific Strategy, Veterans Affairs

8/30/2021
Vivian Hutson, newly appointed Senior Advisor for Pacific Strategy at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs talks about her goal and mission to understand the needs of Asian American and Pacific Islander veterans, in particular in the Pacific Island areas. OIA Conversations is a series of conversations with officials and stakeholders whose work relates to the U.S. territories and the freely associated states, discussing programs and issues that concern the Insular Areas. For more...

Duration:00:08:50

Managing Disaster Recovery Takes Coordination and Support from Friends - A Highlight

8/19/2021
Two back-to-back Category 5 hurricanes, Irma and Maria, hit the U.S. Virgin Islands in 2017....and disaster recovery efforts are ongoing. Want to learn more? See the full conversation with Adrienne Williams-Octalien, Director of the USVI Office of Disaster Recovery. For more information about the U.S. Department of the Interior's Office of Insular Affairs, visit our website at www.doi.gov/oia, follow on Twitter @InsularAffairs, and like us on Facebook at InsularAffairs. Don't forget to...

Duration:00:01:00

RMI Ambassador to the U.S. on Challenges to the Health Sector from COVID-19 - A Highlight

8/19/2021
RMI Ambassador Gerald Zackios speaks about the Marshall Islands, and how the health sector overcame challenges when faced with the COVID-19 pandemic. Want to learn more? Check out the full conversation with Ambassador Zackios on our Channel. For more information about the U.S. Department of the Interior's Office of Insular Affairs, visit our website at www.doi.gov/oia, follow on Twitter @InsularAffairs, and like us on Facebook at InsularAffairs. Don't forget to click the subscribe button...

Duration:00:02:28

Palau's Conservation and Climate Change Initiatives - A Highlight

8/19/2021
Palau is a global leader in conservation efforts - hear more from Palau's Ambassador to the United States on these efforts and climate change impacts on Palau and the region. For more information about the U.S. Department of the Interior's Office of Insular Affairs, visit our website at www.doi.gov/oia, follow on Twitter @InsularAffairs, and like us on Facebook at InsularAffairs. Don't forget to click the subscribe button on this channel. #WhatWeDoIslands | There's More to Islands ......

Duration:00:02:22

Chief of Staff to the USVI Delegate Discusses Work and Goals of the Office - A Highlight

8/19/2021
Learn more from this Chief of Staff and her work on Capitol Hill for the USVI Delegate who is now on the exclusive Ways and Means Committee. For more information about the U.S. Department of the Interior's Office of Insular Affairs, visit our website at www.doi.gov/oia, follow on Twitter @InsularAffairs, and like us on Facebook at InsularAffairs. Don't forget to click the subscribe button on this channel. #WhatWeDoIslands | There's More to Islands ... #OIAConversations

Duration:00:02:04

Ambassador Akillino Susaia on the Relationship Between the U.S. and the FSM - A Highlight

8/18/2021
The FSM Ambassador to the United States Akillino Susaia talks about the ways in which the Federated States of Micronesia has a relationship that is long and enduring. For more information about the U.S. Department of the Interior's Office of Insular Affairs, visit our website at www.doi.gov/oia, follow on Twitter @InsularAffairs, and like us on Facebook at InsularAffairs. Don't forget to click the subscribe button on this channel. #WhatWeDoIslands | There's More to Islands ......

Duration:00:03:18

On Choosing Coral Reef Fellows and the Importance of Coral Reefs - A Highlight

8/18/2021
OIA funds Coral Reef Fellows for the U.S. Territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In this important collaboration with NOAA, learn how the fellows are chosen and why coral reefs are worth protecting with Program Director Wendy Wood-Derrer. For more information about the U.S. Department of the Interior's Office of Insular Affairs, visit our website at www.doi.gov/oia, follow on Twitter @InsularAffairs, and like us on Facebook at...

Duration:00:04:07

The Brown Tree Snake and Other Invasive Species in the Marianas - A Highlight

8/18/2021
On Guam, the invasive Brown Tree Snake has decimated bird populations and causes power outages. Dr. Earl Campbell discusses the BTS and shares observations on other invasive species in the region such as the little fire ant and the coconut rhinoceros beetle. For more information about the U.S. Department of the Interior's Office of Insular Affairs, visit our website at www.doi.gov/oia, follow on Twitter @InsularAffairs, and like us on Facebook at InsularAffairs. Don't forget to click the...

Duration:00:01:58

The Voice Local Governments Have in the Grant Awarding Process - A Highlight

8/18/2021
The Technical Assistance Program awards and oversees grants to organizations doing work in the Insular Areas. Hear more from the Director, Ms. Charlene Leizear, as she talks about how local governments can endorse grant applications. For more information about the U.S. Department of the Interior's Office of Insular Affairs, visit our website at www.doi.gov/oia, follow on Twitter @InsularAffairs, and like us on Facebook at InsularAffairs. Don't forget to click the subscribe button on this...

Duration:00:01:30

Importance of Preserving the Land and Oceans in American Samoa for Future Generations - A Highlight

8/13/2021
#WhatWeDoIslands | There's More to Islands ... The National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa is the largest in the U.S. marine sanctuary network, and they recently signed a sister agreement with Palau and Hawaii. Hear more from the Acting Superintendent, Mr. Atuatasi-Lelei Peau, as he emphasizes the importance of preserving the land and oceans for future generations. For more information about the U.S. Department of the Interior's Office of Insular Affairs, visit our website at...

Duration:00:01:39

The U.S. Builds and Strengthens Relationships and Infrastructure in Palau - A Highlight

8/12/2021
#WhatWeDoIslands | There's More to Islands ... U.S. Ambassador to Palau John Hennessey-Niland discusses vaccination efforts, high-level visits, military projects in Palau and more. All represent the U.S. commitment and partnership with the Republic of Palau. For more information about the U.S. Department of the Interior's Office of Insular Affairs, visit our website at www.doi.gov/oia, follow on Twitter @InsularAffairs, follow on Instagram @usinsularaffairs, and like us on Facebook at...

Duration:00:03:42

How Did The Pandemic Impact the 2020 Census in the Territories? - A Highlight

8/11/2021
#WhatWeDoIslands | There's More to Islands ... Jennifer Kim, Assistant Division Chief for Content, Translation, Puerto Rico and Island Areas Operations at the US Census Bureau discusses how the coronavirus pandemic impacted the Census' work in the U.S. territories from office closures to new ways of gathering data.

Duration:00:03:57

Managing Vaccines and Disease Outbreak with U.S. Support in the Marshall Islands - A Highlight

8/10/2021
#WhatWeDoIslands | There's More to Islands ... Health Secretary Niedenthal discusses efforts to prepare for and prevent COVID-19 from entering the Marshall Islands, repatriating Marshallese stranded overseas since travel restrictions were instituted, and vaccination efforts in the atoll nation. For more information about the U.S. Department of the Interior's Office of Insular Affairs, visit our website at www.doi.gov/oia, follow on Twitter @InsularAffairs, and like us on Facebook at...

Duration:00:03:34