The science and information on the ocean ecosystems and climate change are rapidly changing. Data collection and monitoring both yield new information. Institutional responsibilities, rules, and regulations need to be understood by state and county agency staff so that they can make informed decisions. While networking such as in the Ocean Resources Management Plan (ORMP) Working Group provides a valuable exchange of knowledge, there is a need for a more systematic way for staff to receive basic and advanced training.
Benchmark - Where we are now
- There are strong community partnerships in place, for example with the Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance, Mālama Maunalua, Koke‘e Resource Conservation Program, Hanalei Bay Watershed Alliance, Coral Reef Alliance, and others form an excellent foundation for citizen stewardship. Many of these have public awareness and education as a core function.
- There is no organized systematic program for in-service training in the sciences of ocean resource management and climate change. State and county planners and officials ask for training in the science, law, and good management practices for climate change and other topics.
- Community groups on all islands have expressed a desire to involve youth in both ocean resources management and in preserving the ocean’s cultural heritage.
Target - Where we would like to be
- State and county agency staff are offered classes in environmental literacy and in advanced environmental science. A regulatory and science-based curriculum, that provides knowledge for increasingly technical duties of the staff agencies, enhances communication between government and the public. This curriculum may be developed through public-private-non-profit partnerships.
- As government agency personnel are trained, public education and outreach materials and programs are developed and implemented. These outreach materials reduce the number of requests that have to be denied while propagating a wider understanding and appreciation for new regulations.
- Community outreach includes spreading awareness of Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS) and their app-based system for ocean water quality monitoring and alert system.
- There is expanded awareness of the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) and Coral Reef Alliance web database for Herbivore Enhancement Area Surveys.
- Youth are involved in ocean resource management including at the school level.
Curricula on fundamentals of ocean resource management and on advanced environmental science is developed
Increase in number of agency employees attending environmental science training
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