Few places on Earth can rival Hawaii’s amazing diversity of life. On just eight main islands, with a combined land area of only 6,500 square miles, are all of the world’s major ecological zones and more unique species than any place of similar size on Earth.
But Hawaii’s rare beauty and natural diversity of life are exceptionally fragile. Today, the future of this spectacular natural heritage is severely threatened:
Nevertheless, much remains to be save—and can be saved. The Nature Conservancy is focusing its efforts on four different conservation priorities:
‘i by insects, disease, snakes, weeds, and other pests poses serious risks to the state's natural environment — and its economy.
For more than a decade, The Nature Conservancy’s work has been guided by a framework we call Conservation by Design — a systematic science-based approach that determines where to work, what to conserve, what strategies we should use and how to measure our effectiveness.
Conservation by Design enables the Conservancy to preserve healthy ecosystems that support people and host the diversity of life on Earth. The basic concepts are simple: setting goals and priorities, developing strategies, taking action and measuring results.