IUCN Hawaii Legacy Committee aims to achieve sustainability goals

IUCN Legacy Committee

From IUCN World Conservation Congress Hawaii Legacy Committee:

We are living in the legacy of Hawaiian indigenous wisdom and sustainability that started long before today. The IUCN World Conservation Congress is a critical moment to build on Hawai'i's legacy and continue this important work for the sake of future generations. Hawai'i is honored to host the IUCN Congress, and committed to leveraging this opportunity to advance knowledge exchange, catalyze new partnerships and resources, and increase momentum toward achieving statewide sustainability goals.

The Sail Plan

Like the two hulls of a voyaging canoe, the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage and the Aloha+ Challenge together form Hawai'i's Sail Plan, inspiring collective action on sustainability for future generations.

Hokule'a, Hawai'i's legendary voyaging canoe, exemplifies the spirit, challenges and hope of islands everywhere as she makes her Worldwide Voyage, connecting islands and communities by stringing a lei of aloha, inspiration and partnership.  Building on the forty-year journey of Hokule'a to revive and share Hawaiian culture and indigenous wisdom, Hawai'i applied these guiding values and principles to launch the Aloha+ Challenge: He Nohona 'Ae'oia, A Culture of Sustainability - an integrated approach for sustainability that provides a unified framework for collaboration and action across the state. The Governor, Mayors, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, State Legislature, and public-private partners launched the Aloha+ Challenge, committing to achieve six locally appropriate sustainability goals by 2030 in the areas of clean energy, local food, natural resource management, solid waste, smart sustainable communities, and green workforce and education. The Aloha+ Challenge is a joint leadership commitment with high-level statewide goals, an open-data tracking mechanism, shared policy and action agenda, and a public-private partnership - Hawai'i Green Growth - that serves as the backbone for this collaborative work.

Hawai'i may be the most isolated populated landmass on the planet, but our experiences, challenges and solutions have global relevance. Against the backdrop of the Paris Agreement on climate change and the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, local action has never been more critical. Hawai'i's unique approach to sustainability has been recognized as a place-based model that can be adapted to local culture, values, and context with other islands and communities facing similar challenges. Together, we can achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and build a global culture of sustainability.

Hawai'i's legacy is our unified sail plan to navigate toward a more sustainable and resilient future for our islands, and our canoe, island earth.

Hawai'i Legacy Initiatives

Celebrating Action on Sustainability

Inspired by the IUCN Congress, the following initiatives are part of a collective sail plan putting Hawai'i on a course toward a sustainable future.

Island Resilience Initiative - Building on national and international recognition, Hawai'i will partner with the Global Island Partnership to scale the Aloha+ Challenge as a locally appropriate sustainability framework that can be adapted to local culture, values, and context and advance the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

jessica.robbins@glispa.org, www.glispa.org/

Hawai'i Biosecurity Strategy – The State is launching the first Hawai'i Interagency Biosecurity Plan to address the threat of invasive species. The plan includes strategic policy, process, and infrastructure improvements to increase Hawai'i's pre-border, border, and post-border biosecurity over the next 10 years. Coordinated enhancements across agencies and partners will minimize invasive species threats to Hawai'i's local agriculture, environment, economy, human health, and lifestyle. christym@rocketmail.com

Aloha+ Challenge Dashboard - An online open data platform to track progress, provide accountability and transparency, inform policy, and inspire action on Hawai'i's six statewide sustainability 2030 goals, featuring natural resource management, clean energy, and solid waste goals at the IUCN Congress. christin@hawaiigreengrowth.org, dashboard.hawaii.gov/aloha-challenge

Mosquito Free Hawai'i - This workshop will seek strategic, systems-thinking solutions to eliminate mosquito- borne diseases affecting humans and wildlife by focusing on novel technologies to transform, suppress and ideally eliminate invasive mosquito vectors from the Hawaiian Islands, considering Hawai'i as a model system to pilot solutions for application throughout the Pacific Rim, Southeast Asia and globally. kykanesh@hawaii.gov

Global Green Islands Summit - To celebrate the thirtieth-year anniversary of the Sister State relationship, Hawai'i and Jeju will convene the Global Green Island Summit during the 2016 IUCN Congress. The leaders dialogue will showcase the important role of islands and sub-national leadership on clean energy, conservation, and sustainability, and establish lasting partnerships to share best practices and scale island models to help meet the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. jamie.k.lum@hawaii.gov

Hawai'i IUCN Motions - Hawai'i partners introduced seven IUCN Motions to ensure an action legacy from the 2016 IUCN Congress through lasting partnerships and policies that can have global implications. Proposed motions include Aloha+ Challenge island sustainability models; indigenous culture and global conservation; Pacific region climate resiliency action plan; international biofouling and invasive marine species; community based marine management; marine debris; and environmental courts and tribunals. jayparasco@gmail.com

Hawai'i Youth Challenge 2020 - The IUCN Congress Students Day will launch the Hawai'i Youth Challenge 2020, a design thinking process for high-school students to identify top sustainability school challenges or projects for completion by year 2020 as a milestone towards the State's 2030 goals. june.chee@kupuhawaii.org

2017 World Youth Congress - The University of Hawai'i at Manoa will host the next World Youth Congress in 2017, celebrating the return of the Hokule'a through convening young leaders from around the globe. Hosted by a different country every two-years to engage youth leadership on key global issues, the Congress themes vary from eradicating poverty to sustainable development.

mklynch@hawaii.edu, http://peacechild.org/world-youth-congress/

Pacific Resiliency Leaders Program  - Formally launching in 2017, this fellowship program would provide young adults across the Pacific with opportunities for deep learning, hands on work experience, and peer networking to prepare the next generation for leadership roles in sustainable development and resilience. june.chee@kupuhawaii.org

Clean Energy  - In support of the Hawai'i Clean Energy Initiative and the State's aggressive goal of 4300 GWh electricity savings by 2030 and 100 percent renewable energy in the electricity sector by 2045, the Hawai'i State Energy Office is making strides on energy efficiency as a key strategy to advance statewide goals. carilyn.shon@hawaii.gov, www.energy.hawaii.gov

100% Renewable Energy for Islands Commitments - Blue Planet Foundation is partnering with Pacific Island leaders to catalyze ambitious clean energy commitments, building on Hawai'i?s 2015 100% renewable energy by 2045 goal.  raya@blueplanetfoundation.org

Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument - Celebrating the tenth year anniversary of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, one of the largest marine conservation areas in the world, the groundbreaking commitment by President Obama to expand the Monument will help conserve Hawaiian culture, biodiversity, and improve resiliency to impacts of climate change on coral reef ecosystems. william.j.ailajr@hawaii.gov , http://expandpmnm.com/

He Lono Moku: The State of the Environment Report Hawai'i 2016 – The inaugural State of the Environment Report Hawai'i 2016 represents an unprecedented public-private effort to annually track and share vital information on the status of an entire state's environment as Hawai'i strives to meet its sustainability goals for 2030. A project of the Environmental Funders Group, it draws on information and data from the online Aloha+ Challenge Dashboard, with the first report focusing on Freshwater Security, Renewable Energy and Community-Based Marine Management.   www.helonomoku.com

OZONE: Outrigger Resorts Champions Ocean Health – OZONE (Outrigger's ZONE) is a global conservation initiative and action plan centered on protecting the health of coral reefs and oceans surrounding the iconic beach destinations of Outrigger Resorts. In partnership with government, private industry and conservation organizations worldwide, OZONE helps educate and engage visitors through interactive learning and local community activities. www.outrigger.com/ozone

Hawai`i Plant Conservation Network - Laukahi is a voluntary alliance of agencies, organizations and individuals aiming to protect Hawai'i's rare plant species through coordinated conservation efforts by implementing the Hawai'i Strategy for Plant Conservation. http://laukahi.org/

Hawai'i 30 by 30 Watershed Forest Target - The Hawaiian koa -'ohi'a rainforests capture and provide the islands' supply of fresh clean water, lessen impacts from climate change, dramatically reduce flooding and erosion into our coral reefs, provide an ecosystem for unique plants and wildlife, and have profound cultural significance. The State of Hawai'i is committed to protecting 30% of our highest priority watershed forests by 2030 (253,000 acres).  katie.C.Ersbak@hawaii.gov

Hawai'i 30 by 30 Oceans Target - The State of Hawai'i is committed to effectively managing 30% of Hawai'i's nearshore ocean waters by 2030, setting a unified target for marine practitioners grounded in science. There are multiple ways to effectively manage Hawai'i's nearshore waters, including improving the capacity and coverage of enforcement, strengthening the State's marine management infrastructure, supporting community-based marine management, systematizing marine monitoring, and other efforts. elia.y.herman@hawaii.gov

Natural Capital Investment Partnership  - The State Legislature passed the Natural Capital Investment Partnership (HB2040; Act 172, SLH 2016) to support expanded work on natural resources management, specifically for innovative priority projects that increase water security.  The pilot program will be established by DLNR and require a 1:1 match of private investment for state funds to provide reliable, increased long-term funding to meet the state's 2030 fresh water target through public-private partnerships. katie.C.Ersbak@hawaii.gov

Wildlife Trafficking - The State Legislature passed SB2647 to help stop endangered species like elephants, rhinos, pangolins, sharks, rays, and other animals from finding their way into Hawaiian markets. As a major commerce and tourism hub for Asia and the Pacific, Hawai'i is taking leadership to contribute to the global effort to protect critically endangered species. http://www.vulcan.com/

Make the Ala Wai Awesome - The University of Hawai'i plans to announce the launch of an international student design competition to "Make the Ala Wai Awesome," crowd sourcing ideas from the brightest minds of our youth. This design challenge will help envision an inspiring large scale, systems thinking approach towards comprehensive restoration of the Ala Wai watershed that incorporates flood mitigation, ecosystem preservation, community engagement, cultural connections, public private partnerships, and improvement of the visitor experience.  www.alawaichallenge.org/challenge.html

Local Food Production - The State of Hawai'i is dedicated to increasing its food security and self-sufficiency by providing Hawai'i's farmers and ranchers with the opportunity to enhance local food production with increased economic support and additional land and water resources. hdoa.info@hawaii.gov

Ho'ala Lokoi'a Guidebook - The newly released fishpond revitalization guidebook released at the IUCN Congress by the State Department of Land and Natural Resources provides step by step guidance to navigate a streamlined the regulatory process for Hawaiian fishpond revitalization and highlights the important contribution of Hawaiian fishpond stewardship to our cultural heritage, sustainable food supply, and improved environmental management. michael.cain@hawaii.gov

Food Waste Recovery Pilot - The IUCN World Conservation Congress, Hawai'i Convention Center, and local community groups are partnering to help divert food waste from the Congress, while gathering essential data. This pilot is an opportunity for the Hawai'i Convention Center to create a replicable model for future large-scale conferences and events.