Hawai‘i Conservation Program
The National Fish and Wildlife Fund’s Hawai‘i Conservation Program aims to strategically protect and enhance essential habitats in Hawai‘i, from mauka to makai (from the mountains to the ocean), to reduce extinction risk and sustain resilient populations of native species.
Hawai‘i hosts a high percentage of endemic species found nowhere else on Earth. Unfortunately, native ecosystems and biodiversity are under threat. Of the more than 10,000 native Hawaiian flora and fauna species, most are ill-equipped to survive the challenges presented by accidental and intentional introductions of non-native species and diseases. Further, the additive stress of climate change and development are rapidly degrading habitats and driving native species towards extinction. Urgent action is needed to prevent the extinction of Hawaiʻi’s unique native species and to restore the health of its forests and coral reefs.
To address the threats identified above, the Hawai‘i Conservation Program will fund projects to:
- Restore and improve native watershed function and biodiversity
- Reduce the extinction risk for a suite of endemic bird species by addressing direct threats and improving habitat conditions
- Foster healthy coral reef ecosystems that are resilient to current and predicted environmental stressors by reducing local threats within an interconnected network of reef tracts in Maui Nui.