The State Legislature declared invasive species as the single greatest threat to Hawaii’s economy, natural environment, and the health and lifestyle of Hawaii’s people and visitors (LRB 2015). The 2025 Joint Strategy for the Hawaiʻi Invasive Species Council (HISC) and the Coordinating Group for Alien Pest Species (CGAPS) reflects the highly productive collaboration of these two statewide networks to achieve our shared vision: Hawaii’s natural environment, agriculture, economy, and the health, lifestyle, and culture of its people are protected from the impacts of invasive species.
This HISC & CGAPS 2025 Joint Strategy (HISC/CGAPS 2025) builds on more than 25 years of effective action, successful network-building, gap analyses and lessons learned – starting with the creation of CGAPS in 1995 and the establishment of HISC by state statute in 2003. The strategies and key actions outlined in the plan were developed using a broad participatory process with input form more than 100 partner across both networks and in support of the actions identified in the 2027-2027 Hawaii Interagency Biosecurity Plan.
- 2015-2019 CGAPS Strategic Plan identifies five priority goals with specific actions to focus on over the next five years. The five goals are to:
- Minimize the inter-and intra-state movement of pests
- Expand Hawaii’s biocontrol program
- Educate the public and decision-makers regarding the importance of prevention of invasive species in Hawaii
- Identify invasive species threats to Hawaii and coordinate the development of response plans for key threats
- Identify, synthesize, and share information about prevention and control measures.
- 2009-CGAPS-Vision-and-10-Point-Action-Plan was finalized in December 2009. It documents the ten most important issues that must be resolved to effectively prevent, detect, and manage harmful invasive species.
- Each of the ten points provides some background information on the issue, a vision of success, some long-term needs, and a list of immediate actions that CGAPS participants have agreed to focus on. CGAPS intends to produce a new strategic plan periodically as we progress toward our vision. Here’s a visual presentation of the Vision and Action Plan, CGAPS V&A Slides.
- 2009-CGAPS-Actions-by-Agency is a short document based on the CGAPS Vision and Action Plan, with just the immediate actions for each agency. It is intended to be used by the group at CGAPS meetings to discuss progress or needs.
- 1995-CGAPS-Action-Plan was drafted by the Alien Species Action Plan Working Group which consisted of more than 80 participants. The plan was signed in 1994 and formalized in 1995 through this document.
- ROD-Strategic-Response-Plan-Final-Web-112216.pdf: The ROD Summit was held at the Hawaiʻi State Capitol Auditorium on November 30, 2016, and was webcast by ʻŌlelo Community Media. To view the morning session of the Summit, click here.
- Hawaii Plant Health Emergency Response Plan Final 12-30-2013 (PHERP): The basic purpose of the Plant Health Emergency Response Plan (PHERP) and Reference Manual is to facilitate a successful collaborative interagency rapid response to a newly-discovered serious plant pest in Hawai‘i, to prevent it from becoming established in the state or on a new island within the state.
- Hawaii Plant Health Emergency Response Plan Appendices 12-30-2013 offers additional references and materials that were used to develop the PHERP.
- Plant Health Emergency Response Tabletop Exercise After Action Report/Improvement Plan aligns exercise objectives with preparedness doctrine to include the National Preparedness Goal and related frameworks and guidance. Exercise information required for preparedness reporting and trend analysis is included.