Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument Marks Major Milestones
December 6, 2010
Representatives of the State of Hawaii, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of the Interior, and U.S. State Department along with hundreds of conservation managers, marine scientists, conservation activists, political leaders and policy makers helped celebrate two globally significant milestones for Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument at the Hawaii Convention Center on Dec. 3.
The event commemorated Papahanaumokuakea's inscription on the World Heritage List, for being a place of universally outstanding natural and cultural features, and the 10th anniversary of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve (NWHICRER), established by President Bill Clinton on Dec. 4, 2000.
Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish and Wildlife and Parks, Tom Strickland, unveils monument commemorating the inscription of Papahanaumokuakea on the World Heritage List. Photos courtesy of NOAA.
“The addition of Papahanaumokuakea to the network of World Heritage Sites demonstrates the commitment of the United States and the state of Hawaii to conserve and protect our important marine sites,” said Tom Strickland, Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish and Wildlife and Parks. Photos courtesy of NOAA.
“The inscription of Papahanaumokuakea reflects U.S. efforts to strengthen our engagement at the United Nations and at UNESCO,” said Esther Brimmer, Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs. Photos courtesy of NOAA.
“As one of the crown jewels of the National Marine Sanctuary System, Papahanaumokuakea is a remarkable treasure trove of biodiversity, a sentinel site for helping measure the impacts of global climate change, and as the UNESCO World Heritage Committee acknowledged four months ago, a place that is truly deserving of global recognition for its universally outstanding natural and cultural features,” said Dr. Larry Robinson, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Conservation and Management. Photos courtesy of NOAA.
The audience for the inscription ceremony and NWHICRER anniversary event at the Hawaii Convention Center on Dec. 3rd. Photos courtesy of NOAA.