Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Plans are intended to be concise documents that guide state participation in the Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program. In keeping with program guidelines developed by NOAA and the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, the Hawai'i Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Plan will provide the following:
- a description of the geographic extent of coastal and estuarine areas within the State of Hawai'i that are eligible to participate in the program;
- a description of the types of lands or values to be protected through the program and the need for conservation through acquisition;
- a description of associated plans or strategies that can be incorporated into the state plan;
- a list of government agencies or private groups eligible to hold title to property acquired under the Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program; and
- a description of public consultation and inter-agency coordination activities associated with the preparation of the state plan.
The Hawai'i plan provides a framework for identifying coastal and estuarine land conservation priorities, and defines the state process for evaluating project proposals that the Hawai'i Coastal Zone Management Program will forward to the national funding competition administered by NOAA. The plan is now available for public review prior to it's submission to NOAA for final approval.