New Report Summarizes Climate Change Law and Policy in Hawai‘i

Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

News Release

Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy Honolulu, Hawai‘i

August 24, 2012

The Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy (ICAP), at the University of Hawai‘i (UH) Sea Grant College Program, recently published Climate Change Law and Policy in Hawai‘i, Briefing Sheet, 2012. The report chronicles state efforts to (1) reduce human-caused greenhouse gas emissions and (2) build resiliency to climate change impacts.

"The briefing sheet outlines the great work that has been accomplished thus far; however, there is much more to be done to effectively mitigate and adapt to climate change," says Malia Nobrega, ICAP Director of Strategic Partnerships.

"As this chronicle shows, the people of Hawai‘i are leaders in tackling climate change. Adopting forward-thinking and innovative approaches—based on sound science and an in-depth understanding of community needs—will ensure that future generations are well prepared to address this complex challenge," adds Melissa Finucane, Senior Fellow at the East-West Center.

ICAP envisions the briefing sheet as an objective, compact, and up-to-date resource for researchers, decision-makers, and the general public. Major policies covered include:

The report also provides key updates on each major policy and discusses selected county initiatives.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provided support for the briefing sheet, which was a component of a collaborative project between ICAP and the Pacific Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (Pacific RISA) Program at the East-West Center.

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