Invertebrate Conservation Strategy
The ICS initiative is supported by a variety of state, federal, academic and non-profit organizations, many of whom are the same partners who participated in development of the State of Hawai‘i CWCS. Participants include: University of Hawai‘i, Hawai‘i Dept. of Agriculture, US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Forest Service, National Park Service, US Geological Survey – Biological Resources Discipline, US Dept. of Agriculture, US Army Garrison Hawai‘i Natural Resources Management, Bishop Museum, Hawai‘i Invasive Species Council, Hawai‘i Alliance of Watershed Partnerships, Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund, University of California Berkeley, and Cornell University.
Our objective is to hold bi-annual meetings of Invertebrate Conservation Strategy partners to develop long-term strategies for the assessment, management and conservation of invertebrate species and habitats in which they occur, as well as short-term goals which can be achieved more immediately to improve current conservation efforts. Meetings will be held on O‘ahu and the Hawai‘i Island, as those islands have the highest proportion of ICS partners. At ICS meetings partners will select sites and coordinate rapid bio-assessments, and help develop database requirements.
Partners will also work towards the following objectives:
- Identify and prioritize invertebrate conservation needs for species and habitats of greatest concern across the state
- Analyze existing expertise, and research completed to date to understand gaps in our knowledge base
- Identify and prioritize future research needs
- Develop a standard method of classifying threats to, or status of, a given species
- Identify and prioritize management strategies which address/mitigate current threats to invertebrate conservation
- Develop a means of measuring conservation successes
- Examine current and future funding available to pursue action on items 1-6
- View photos from the 2010 bioblitz at Pahole NAR