The Conservation Council for Hawai’i (CCH) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit grassroots organization focused on wildlife conservation and based in Honolulu, Hawai’i. CCH is the state affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation, but CCH is solely responsible for its own governance, program, and funding, which primarily consists in membership dues, grants, and donations.
CCH’s mission is to protect and restore Hawai’i’s native plants and animals through science-based advocacy, education, and action. CCH works to achieve its mission by:
- Conducting research on Hawai’i’s native plants and animals
- Educating the public about the importance of conservation
- Advocating for policies that protect Hawai’i’s natural resources
- Providing support to conservation organizations and projects
CCH is a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), a global organization that works to conserve the world’s natural resources. CCH’s membership in IUCN allows CCH to share information and resources with other conservation organizations around the world, and to work together to address the most pressing conservation challenges.
In particular, CCH is a member of the IUCN Hawai’i Hui, which is a group of organizations working to implement the Hawai’i Commitments, a set of recommendations for conservation action that were developed at the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress. The Hawai’i Commitments focus on a number of key areas, including:
- Protecting Hawai’i’s native forests
- Conserving Hawai’i’s marine resources
- Restoring Hawai’i’s freshwater ecosystems
- Mitigating the impacts of climate change
- Promoting sustainable development
CCH is committed to working with other organizations to achieve the Hawai’i Commitments and to protect Hawai’i’s natural resources for future generations.