Hawaiian Islands Terrestrial Adaptation Initiative

Deanna Spooner, USFWS
Deanna Spooner, USFWS

Location: Islands of Hawai’i

Climate change is one of the most pressing challenges of our time, and its impacts require that we change the way we consider management in order to ensure the future of habitats, species, and human communities. The Hawaiian Islands encompass a dynamic region featuring iconic habitats and species at risk from a number of stresses. Climate change impacts, coupled with land use changes, invasive species spread, and population growth and development, all have important implications for the ecosystem services upon which over 1.4 million people rely.

The goal of this project is to develop science-based syntheses of climate impacts on, and adaptation options for, terrestrial and freshwater resources on each of the main Hawaiian Islands. This project brings together Hawaii’s resource managers and conservation planners to discuss these challenges, share knowledge, identify needs, and prioritize key actions to reduce the vulnerability of resources to climate change. Through interviews, literature reviews, expert elicitation, vulnerability mapping, and on-island workshops, this project will provide information that will improve understanding of and capacity to reduce the effects of climate change on key resources; identify opportunities for minimizing climate-related losses through management and collaboration; and create products to facilitate decision-making by land managers.

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