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Panel: Hawaiʻi Commitments; Inspiring Conservation at Home and Around the World
Panelists: The Honorable David Ige, Chipper Wichman, Denise Antolini, Ulalia Woodside

Moderator: ʻAulani Wilhelm

In 2016, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) adopted the Hawaiʻi Commitments. Compiled by IUCN’s over 1300 members from 160 countries at the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress, the Hawaiʻi Commitments set the direction for global conservation priorities over the next four years. This panel will examine the Commitments, Hawaiʻi’s role in implementing them, and how Hawaiʻi can continue to grow as a global leader in conservation. Panelists explore ways we can collectively address environmental challenges that threaten our biocultural resources as well as opportunities to foster a strong culture of conservation locally and around the world.

The Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference has been a mainstay in the Hawaii conservation community for the past 23 years. Sponsored by the Hawaʻii Conservation Alliance and the Hawaiʻi Conservation Alliance Foundation, the three-day event is the largest gathering of individuals actively involved in the research and management of Hawaiʻi’s native ecosystems. Attracting well over 1,000 participants each year, the Conference provides a unique opportunity for resource managers, scientists, conservation professionals, cultural practitioners, students and other interested persons to share information and ideas on a broad spectrum of conservation issues relevant to Hawaiʻi.

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