Objective I: Plant diversity is well understood, documented and recognized (Targets #1-4)
1. An online Flora of native Hawaiian plants. (GSPC-1)
The Smithsonianʻs Flora of the Hawaiian Islands website and the Bishop Museumʻs Native Plant Checklist are excellent resources for the latest taxonomic and geographical information. Other information can be found at the University of Hawai‘i Botany Departmentʻs website for Native Plant Genera.
2. An annual assessment of the conservation status (in situ and ex situ) of all native plants, as far as possible, to guide conservation action. (GSPC-2)
In 2012, the status of over 700 native plant species of conservation importance was reported in Laukahiʻs assessment of how well the remaining wild populations were represented in collections at botanical gardens, seed banks and other specialized facilities statewide. Laukahi will repeat the assessment in 2016 to determine what progress has been made towards HSPC goals and inform our priorities for the next four years.
3. An access-restricted central information management system for compiling and administering geospatial and tabular datasets on biological data
A primary goal for Laukahi is to develop and host an information management system that will enable efficient sharing of biological data. When structured correctly, the latest observations from the field can be combined with updated inventories of seed banks and gardens to show progress in meeting goals measured on national and global scales. Progress reports derived from data uploaded by Laukahi partners will be accessible in real-time, but masked to protect sensitive information about fragile natural areas.
4. Increased research on the pollination & seed biology, genetic analysis, life history, phenology and limiting factors of native plants to facilitate restoration efforts and inform conservation practice. (GSPC-3)
Laikahi aims to increase coordination between conservation practitioners and researchers by building a Research Network for Hawaiian Plants. In the short-term, we have compiled a list of literature on topics related to Hawaiian plant conservation that will be available soon on our website. Next steps include: posting research topics identified and prioritized by conservation groups on specific species they manage, building a hui of scientists interested in topics needed to guide conservation practice, developing a phenology database, compiling records on restoration outplanting techniques and support for increased molecular research.