In late 2019, Pacific Birds completed a detailed review of the Joint Ventureʻs role in Hawaiʻi. We wanted to know if our historic focus on wetlands was still relevant and important to our partners. The answer is yes, and we are embarking on a new strategic plan to guide our conservation work over the next three years.
The process and results
Wetlands conservation has been a Joint Venture conservation priority for over a decade. Avian conservation needs are increasingly urgent for many species, however, including forest and seabirds. As a partnership-driven organization, we felt it was important to check in and see where our conservation support would be of the highest value.
To accomplish this, we created a matrix of the status, threats and conservation opportunities for all Hawaiian native birds. With that matrix in hand, we interviewed 60 conservation professionals in Hawaiʻi, asking what the priority focus should be for Pacific Birds. Thirteen options emerged and provided a broad overview of avian conservation priorities across the state.
Considering our resources and the strengths and expertise of our partners, Hawai‘i Wetlands, and Hawaiian Forest Birds emerged as the top contenders for our future priority work. Using a ‘Problem and Solution Matrix’, Hawai‘i Wetlands was ultimately selected as the Pacific Birds conservation priority for Hawaiʻi.
To conclude the process, we met with wetland conservation experts to discuss how the Joint Venture could be the most helpful. What we heard: communications, outreach, and coordination–particularly around predator control and climate change–are the most meaningful ways we can be involved.
Thank you to those who participated in this process!
In the long term, we want to see wetlands that provide the best possible habitats for birds, and maintain wetland ecosystem services for the people of Hawai’i. In the near term, we are finalizing the strategic plan for this priority, developing new partnerships, and sourcing funding for on the ground projects.
Please contact Helen Raine to find out more about how to work with the Joint Venture.