Hawai‘i’s CWCS

Akiapolaau-JackJeffreyThe process of developing Hawai‘i’s Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy (CWCS) was characterized by collaboration and building on existing efforts.

The first phase centered on inventorying and researching existing initiatives, resources, and management plans involving native species in Hawai‘i. They included plans composed by federal, state, and non-governmental organizations. In addition, work on collecting scientific information on “Species of Greatest Conservation Need” was also conducted.

The second phase consisted of identifying and contacting (via email, press release, brochure mailings, newspaper articles, website, conferences, etc.) experts, researchers, organizations, stakeholders, and any other interested parties and members of the public to form working groups to inform sections of the CWCS. The priority of this phase was verifying information as well as providing resources to fill information gaps.

The third and final phase of the CWCS process was the development, based on the first two phases and public open houses and technical workshops on each island (with the exception of Kaho‘olawe and Ni‘ihau), of two full draft CWCSs for final review by the public. Based on the comments received and incorporated, a final version was sent to the National Advisory Acceptance Team (NAAT). The NAAT will review and either:  approve, approve upon condition, or not approve the CWCS.

Final CWCS submitted to the NAAT September 26, 2005

The final CWCS is based on comments received during the technical workshops and public open houses as well as the second round of review held during August. We thank everyone who participated and provided critical feedback. Mahalo!

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