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Since our founding in 1980, we have worked for the protection of the Kawai Nui Marsh and it has remained one of our core issues. Over the years, HTF has fought to protect the integrity of this cultural complex, prevent harmful development in and around the marsh, and sought proper management, protections and recognition. With the Ramsar designation in 2005 as a Wetland of International Importance, Kawainui has finally gained the county, state and worldwide recognition befitting this culturally-significant marsh that is home to many endangered native waterbirds.
Kailua's Kawai Nui Marsh and adjacent Hamakua Marsh have been designated a Wetland of International Importance, joining such areas as the Chesapeake and Delaware Bay estuaries and the Florida Everglades. The Kailua wetlands are the first in the state, joining 21 others throughout the nation and more than 1,400 worldwide that have been cited under the Ramsar Convention, an international treaty designed to identify and protect the world's most important wetlands. More Here
Hawaii's Thousand Friends is pleased to announce the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designation on World Wetlands Day, Febuary 2nd, 2005 of Kailua, O`ahu wetlands, Kawai Nui/Hamakua Marsh Wetland Complex a "Wetland of International
A reception will take place on April 24, 2005 for the presentation of the official Ramsar Certification of Kawai Nui and Hamakua Marhslands as "Wetlands of International Importance" by Mr. Herb Raffael, Chief of U.S. Fish and Wildlife International Conservation Division. More Here
Ed Case: "I am thrilled that the importance of the Kawainui and Hamakua marshes have received this international recognition under the Ramsar Convension," said Case. "This is a potent example of the impact that dedicated community-based organizations can have in protecting our environment and preserving endangered species and their habitat."
Community volunteers and Enchanted Lake Elementary School students plant native vegetation in Kawainui Marsh. (Photo by D. Smith, Hawai`i Division of Forestry & Wildlife)
HONOLULU: MAY 3, 2003 - Hawaii's Thousand Friends proudly announces Governor Linda Lingle's support for the nomination of Kawai Nui and Hamakua Marshes to the Rmsar List of "Wetlands of International Importance" under the Convention of Wetlands. The Governor's April 9, 2003, request was sent to the International office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Service which, on approval, will forward the request to the Ramsar Convention.
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