Hawai'i conservation alliance


The Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance is proud to offer the following workshops in conjunction with the 2014 Hawai‘i Conservation Conference:

Vision for the Future: Pacific Islands Regional Ocean Planning and the National Ocean Policy

Date: Monday, July 14, 2014

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.                                                       

Location: Hawai‘i Convention Center, Room 301B

RSVP at NOP Workshop RSVP form or emailDownload Flyer.

Free event with pre-registration. Includes refreshments & continental breakfast. Parking fee is $10.

What: The American Littoral Society, Conservation Law Foundation, and the Surfrider Foundation proudly present a training as part of the Hawaii Conservation Conference on the National Ocean Policy and its implications for Pacific Islands ocean conservation, management and planning.

In order to address change of our ocean and coastal ecosystems and to ensure ecosystem conservation, ocean users, decision makers and conservationists must develop and enact new strategies. This training will introduce participants to the National Ocean Policy (NOP), the Pacific Islands Regional Ocean Partnership (PROP), hear from the Executive Secretary of the Pacific Islands Regional Planning Body (RPB) and then engage in a discussion of how stakeholders (those with and without decision-making authority) can help shape and implement ocean and coastal planning efforts across the region.

The NOP and regional ocean planning provides both a framework and forum for governments to work with stakeholders to identify regionally important issues, share information, and through development of a coastal plan and robust stakeholder engagement, plan for the future of the Pacific Islands’ ocean heritage. The process now taking place through the Pacific Islands RPB will help create a vision for addressing key ocean and coastal issues the Islands face, not only now – but in the future.

This training’s goal is to build capacity for the regional ocean planning process and related local planning actions. Attendees will gain knowledge from the facilitator and local conservationists on the NOP, regional ocean planning, regional ocean partnership work and the relationships to state and territorial ocean resource management, then use this information to identify issues for NOP implementation. The training will draw out lessons learned from participants’ experiences in other management contexts and ask thought provoking questions to spur conversation and interaction. Join us!

Contact for more information:
Sarah Winter Whelan, The American Littoral Society, (503) 267-9577


Towards Ecosystem-Based Management: Navigating Change within the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary


Date: Monday, July 14, 2014

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Location: Hawai‘i Convention Center, Room 301B

RSVP by July 10, 2014 at Online RSVP form or email.

Free event with pre-registration. Limited space available. Parking fee is $10.

The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary (sanctuary) was established by Congress in 1992 to protect humpback whales and their habitat through scientific research, education, public outreach, and resource protection. The sanctuary covers approximately 3,550 square kilometers (1,370 square miles) of federal and state waters in the southeastern Hawaiian Islands and is co-managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the State of Hawai‘i. The sanctuary is nearing the end of a multi-year process which began in 2010 to engage the public in addressing new and emerging threats to Hawaii's marine environment as a primary means to evaluate and revise the management plan.

As a result of extensive public engagement, the sanctuary has identified central management themes that may guide the transition towards an ecosystem-based management approach. This workshop will introduce central management themes under consideration and provide specific examples of how these concepts may be implemented across the sanctuary.

Community members, stakeholders and partner organizations are encouraged to attend to learn more and share ideas of how the sanctuary can support place-based management to support local needs.

The first part of this workshop will provide attendees an overview of national marine sanctuaries and ecosystem-based management along with an introduction to the sanctuary in Hawai‘i (approximately 30 min). The second part of the workshop (approximately 90 min) will entail an interactive process to involve participants and include break-out groups to discuss the central thematic areas of focus for the sanctuary:

• Implementing Ecosystem Protection which highlights threat reduction, marine species and habitat protection and improving water quality,

• Perpetuating Cultural Heritage to honor the valued cultural traditions of natural resource management from the past and adapt traditions to meet the complex needs of today,

• Transitioning Towards Sustainability to support vibrant coastal communities and economies,

• Ensuring Management Effectiveness to improve compliance and cooperation among user groups and ensure continuous and transparent assessment of sanctuary management.

Contact for more information:
Shannon Lyday, State of Hawai‘i, DLNR, Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary