As our state hosts the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s World Conservation Congress in September, 2016, it is our great pleasure to share the inaugural HE LONO MOKU – HAWAI‘I’S STATE OF THE ENVIRONMENT REPORT 2016. It now is available at www.helonomoku.com.
Using data gathered by the Hawaiʻi Green Growth Initiative’s Aloha+ Dashboard and other sources, the report aims to provide an annual platform for the public and decision-makers to quickly see where Hawai‘i is making progress and where it is falling behind in protecting an environment that powers our economy and provides the foundation for our unique island way of life.
He Lono Moku is the first report of its kind. A project of the Environmental Funders Group, it represents a common voice of Hawaiʻi-based philanthropic institutions working to support the environment in Hawai‘i. It demonstrates an unprecedented public-private effort to annually track and share vital information on the status of an entire state’s environment as we strive to meet the Aloha+ Challenge goals by 2030.
Each year, the Report will concentrate on different priority issues. The 2016 Report addresses Freshwater Security, Renewable Energy, and Community-Based Marine Management. It is designed to be accessible to a wide range of users, from policymakers to laypeople and students. Consequently, we hope this report helps unify and strengthen our collective effort to protect our environment and sustain it for generations to come.
Cover Art courtesy of Eric Enos