The Hawaiian Islands encompass a dynamic region featuring iconic habitats and species at risk from a number of stresses. Climate change impacts, coupled with land use changes, invasive species spread, and population growth and development, all have important implications for the ecosystem services upon which over 1.4 million people rely. The goal of this project is to develop science-based syntheses of climate impacts on and adaptation options for terrestrial and freshwater resources of the main Hawaiian Islands. This project brings together Hawaii’s resource managers and conservation planners to discuss these challenges, share knowledge, identify needs, and prioritize key actions to reduce the vulnerability of resources to climate change. Through interviews, literature reviews, expert elicitation, vulnerability mapping, and on-island workshops, this project will provide information that will improve understanding of and capacity to reduce the effects of climate change on key resources; identify opportunities for minimizing climate-related losses through management and collaboration; and create products to facilitate decision-making by land managers.
The Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative has initiated a multi-year Hawaiian Islands Terrestrial Adaptation Initiative (HITAI) to assist managers in all aspects of confronting the challenges presented by climate change. To place this Initiative on a firm scientific foundation, the PICCC asked EcoAdapt to develop comprehensive, science-based syntheses of current and projected future climate change and impacts on, and adaptation options for, terrestrial and freshwater resources within each of the main Hawaiian Islands.
EcoAdapt provides assistance throughout the entire climate adaptation process, from assessing the effects of climate change and developing adaptation plans to implementation and evaluation. We focus on a solutions-oriented approach wherein assessment of climate impacts is important but identifying vulnerabilities and constructing viable strategies to reduce these vulnerabilities is paramount.