Chinese Conservation Managers Learn About Hawaii's Preservation Efforts

Alan Hong
Alan Hong
Goyen Yuen
Goyen Yuen

HANAUMA BAY (KHNL) -- Hawaii draws many to see the beauty of the islands.

Some come from around the world to see the spectacular sights here but the biggest attraction for a group of visiting Chinese conservation workers is how Hawaii protects our precious natural resources.

Like many of the tours to Hanauma Bay, the crowd checks out the beautiful beach and sees what creatures are found in the water but this group of reserve managers is from China looking for help they can take back home to protect their forests, watersheds and landscapes.

"A lot of these managers are from areas that are just now being to be faced with issues that Hanauma Bay was facing 20 years ago so this is a beautiful opportunity to share knowledge back and forth," said Hanauma Bay manager Alan Hong

In addition to seeing what is being protected on Oahu, the group also traveled to Maui to hike Halealaka and Hawaii's conservation efforts made a big impact on these visitors.

Goyen Yuen, a member of the conservation workers said, "I was deeply impressed with the environmental practices in the United States and the education systems to help get across good management. I was especially impressed by how much people care about protecting the environment."

While their sights were set on scenic Hawaii locations, thoughts were also on what would be waiting for them when they returned - disaster and devastation in some of the very lands they are trying to protect.

"The earthquake happened just days before we left. The wildlife is not severely impacted by the earthquake but the roads and buildings there are destroyed. The impact on the ecosystem in that region cannot be defined, but in the coming years of monitoring we will get more information on the effect on the ecosystem," replied Yuen when asked about the impact the earthquake has had on China's lands.

These conservation managers also hope to learn how they can ensure future disasters won't destroy other nature reserves. China has set aside 16 percent of their land as nature reserves, many of those have been established in just the last 10 to 20 years.