HONOLULU – The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) today announced it will hold its 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawaii.
Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui met with the IUCN delegation when it visited Hawaii in February 2014 and welcomes this exciting news. He has the following remarks to offer regarding the decision:
“The State of Hawaii is an ideal host for the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress because of our unique location, cultural values, and proven leadership in sustainability and preservation of our natural resources. This event would provide an opportunity for us to share with world leaders our commitment. It will also provide a boost to the local economy, with an economic impact estimated at $37.7 million in visitor spending and $3.6 million in tax revenue.
I look forward to lending my full support in making this prestigious meeting a success and welcoming all the delegates to our great state.”