Hawai‘i Partnerships for Ocean Stewardship

Hawai‘i Partnerships for Ocean Stewardship

Photo Credit: John Burns
Grantee Oahu Economic Development Board
Grant Amount $750,000
Duration Three Years

Hawai‘i’s collaborative initiative is advancing the State of Hawai‘i’s commitment to effectively manage 30% of nearshore waters by 2030, which was announced at the Hawai‘i-hosted 2016 International Union for the Conservation of Nature World Conservation Congress. Convened by the Hawai‘i Green Growth United Nations Local2030 sustainability hub, this multi-stakeholder initiative is part of a broader commitment to achieve Hawai‘i’s Aloha+ Challenge goals as a local framework for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Progress towards Hawai‘i’s local and global sustainability goals is measured through the online Aloha+ Dashboard to provide accountability and transparency. 

Hawai‘i’s large-scale marine initiative will work with public and private sector partners to develop an interconnected network of management areas that significantly increase biological outcomes and resilience statewide through a spectrum of place-based strategies determined by research, community groups, fishers, and stakeholders. This multi-year effort builds on Hawai‘i’s holistic approach to sustainability to create unique models for marine management that take in account economic, social, and ecological values while achieving critical conservation objectives. 

Hawai‘i’s initiative can provide best practices for other islands and coastal communities working to implement strong place-based marine protection actions that balance cultural, subsistence, and stakeholder priorities in complex rural and urban environments. Through the Hawai‘i Green Growth Local2030 hub, Hawai‘i’s locally and culturally driven model can be applied internationally to accelerate global ocean conservation efforts on the Convention on Biological Diversity target of 10% MPAs by 2020 and the United Nations 2030 Agenda. 

Relevant Links: 

Hawaii Green Growth: https://www.hawaiigreengrowth.org/

Aloha+ Challenge: http://aloha-challenge.hawaiigreengrowth.org/

Dashboard: https://dashboard.hawaii.gov/aloha-challenge

UN Local2030 (website being re-loaded): https://www.local2030.org/