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Posted: Thursday, February 13th, 2014 12:48 PM HST

Hawai`i in running to host conservation conference

By 67AM KPUA News

Hawai`i is competing with Istanbul to host a major worldwide conservation conference that could attract more than 8,000 delegates to the islands in 2016. A four member delegation from the International Union for Conservation of Nature, representing members from 160 countries spent Monday and Tuesday on Hawai`i Island and will visit Kauai and O`ahu while it considers Hawai`i as a potential site for the conference held every four years.

The gathering attracts thousands of visitors, including leaders of governments, nongovernmental organizations, businesses and United Nations agencies and social organizations. Delegates also focus on major world conservation issues. As a major stopover in the Pacific, Hawai`i has been waging its own war against a worldwide
invasion of pests that threaten native wildlife habitat.

A decision on the venue and hosts for the 2016 conference will be made in May, 2014.



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