March 1, 2016

House Finance Committee Hearing on HB 2037

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There is a hearing on Tuesday, March 1, at 3:00 p.m. in Conf. Room 308 before the House Finance Committee on HB 2037, appropriating an as yet unspecified amount of funds to DLNR to host the World Conservation Congress in Sept. 2016.  Please send in testimony in support making clear that any appropriation should ADD to DLNR’s existing budget not take away from programs.  Talking points include:


  • Please do NOT take away from DLNR’s regular program spending
  • The World Conservation Congress is the oldest and largest international conservation conference in the world. It is held every four years and this is the first time it has been held in the United States.  The Congress includes cutting edge research and debate over global conservation policy issues important to Hawaiʻi.  World conservation leaders from government, non-governmental organizations, and private business attend.  It is an extremely significant event for Hawaiʻi.
  • The World Conservation Congress, like APEC, will establish Hawaiʻi as a place where the world can do business.  The benefits to Hawaiʻi include:
    • Estimated $65M in economic benefits based on 8,000+ delegates, support and workforce participants, and media
    • Significant media exposure
    • Supports state goals regarding ecotourism, conservation leadership, and positioning Hawaii as a destination for high-level and global meetings
    • Positions Hawai‘i on international platform for world conservation issues to showcase Hawai‘i’s knowledge and experience regarding natural and cultural resource management and sustainability
    • Opportunity to gather input from global conservation community to address Hawai‘i’s challenges
    • Conservation education efforts, including leadership development at the East-West Center, conservation leadership certification at the University of Hawai‘i, K-14 Youth Leadership Initiatives
    • Opportunities for participation in the World Conservation Forum,  access to IUCN’s scientific credibility, extensive networking and exposure to high-level political, economic, and social decision making regarding conservation

The hearing notice can be viewed at:

The bill (HB2037) can be viewed at:


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