How is Hawaiʻi protected from invasive species? The Hawai’i State Legislature has defined invasive species as the “single greatest threat” to our economy, natural environment and health of our communities. Once invasive insects and plants become established and widespread, there are very few tools that can effectively limit the unwanted impacts of those pests and… Read More…Read More...
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The Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species (CGAPS) is a partnership of agencies and non-governmental organizations working together to protect Hawaiʻi from invasive species. CGAPS was formed in 1995 to bring agencies and organizations together to close the gaps in Hawai‘i’s invasive species programs in the areas of prevention, early detection/rapid response and long-term control of harmful terrestrial and aquatic invasive species. CGAPS is a project of the Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit of the University of Hawaiʻi.
Quarterly partnership meetings provide a venue for communicating issues, challenges, and progress, and are open to the public, The CGAPS Steering Committee is responsible for strategizing actions, and for shepherding their agencies’/NGOs’ progress toward our vision,
"To achieve effective protection of Hawaiʻi’s unique natural environment, economy, agriculture, and the health and lifestyle of its people."
The CGAPS mission is to coordinate and catalyze action among government and non-government partners to prevent and manage invasive species in Hawaiʻi, as well as communicate key issues to the public. The collaboratively produced HISC & CGAPS 2025 Strategy reflects the most urgent priorities of both CGAPS and the Hawaiʻi Invasive Species Council, from the 150 priorities in the 2017-2027 Hawaii Interagency Biosecurity Plan.