CLUB HEARs IMPORTANT TALKS ON PRESERVATION OF REEFS AND WATER QUALITY

Lahaina Sunset hosted in the first quarter a series of talks on protecting the environment.

Rotarians and guests learned how land-based pollution impact our coral reefs. The series was opened with a talk by Liz Foote, Founder and Executive Director of Project S.E.A.-Link, a nonprofit organization based on Maui dedicated to marine science, education and awareness, gave a talk entitled: “The West Maui Kumuwai Campaign: A Movement for Ocean Health.

Ms. Foote discussed ongoing collaborative efforts in West Maui to address the damage to our coral reefs, and how community members can get involved and collectively make a difference.

Tova Callender representing the West Maui Ridge to Reef Initiative: A Watershed Management Approach to Healthier Oceans continued the series.

Development of new housing projects affects reefs because of water runoff. Calendar notes that West Maui is a place of great natural beauty cherished by locals and visitors alike for its long beaches and extensive fringing reef.

Unfortunately, nearshore coral reefs have experienced a significant decline over the past quarter century. In response to the complexity of the stressors contributing to this decline and the need to address land based inputs affecting corals and not just manage ocean pressures, a collaborative partnership cutting across jurisdictions and interests called the West Maui Ridge to Reef Initiative

 

 

 

 Unfortunately,  nearshore coral reefs have experienced a significant decline over the past quarter century. In response to the complexity of the stressors contributing to this decline and the need to address land based inputs affecting corals and not just manage ocean pressures, a collaborative partnership cutting across jurisdictions and interests called the West Maui Ridge to Reef Initiative

(R2R) was formed in 2012. The R2R has experienced both successes and challenges to date. Successes include completion of watershed management plans identifying priority problems and actions to reduce land based pollution, implementation of several pilot scale pollution-reduction projects, targeted research to improve management capacity and the development of a social marketing campaign engaging individuals in reducing their personal polluted run-off.

Challenges include initiating watershed planning with insufficient ecological data, plans which require more planning prior to implementation and limited ‘implementers’. Insights from our progress to date will be shared, along with highlights from the latest science emerging in West Maui and ways citizens can be involved in our movement for ocean health.Speaker Bio:
Growing up in rural Ontario, Canada

Tova Callender developed an early appreciation for the natural world. She went on to pursue a BSc in Environmental Biology and after adventuring in Asia, pursued a Master’s in Environmental Science and Management and today  Sassists the West Maui Ridge to Reef Initiative, a multi-agency, multi-partner planning and implementation effort aimed at addressing land based pollution to reduce stress to marine ecosystems.

 

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One response

  1. The meetings and talk about environment are very helpful in special because we know that rotarians will also take action as soon as possible.
    We hope that rotaract clubs are invited to your club meetings because the new generation must play a more active role in the global action rotary has.
    Thanks!
    Yours in Rotary,
    Adrian Dan Pop

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