CBD COP11: Hawaii seeks to lead Pacific transition to a green economy

Rio Convention Pavilion TV, CBD COP11 (18/10/2012) – Chipper Wichman, CEO of the National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG), explains the conservation work undertaken by his Hawaii-based organisation.

Wichman explains that the main work of NTBG consists of practical conservation, research and education programs. He also describes the biodiversity assessments they undertake on remote Pacific islands to detail and then publicise previously undiscovered species.

Wichman also outlines a key part of his organisation’s programme working to conserve indigenous knowledge and to prevent extinction of culturally significant plants.

Wichman finishes by explaining projects that NTBG is currently working on, such as a project aiming to reintroduce breadfruit to Pacific and Caribbean islands to tackle hunger and another project to improve the resilience of Pacific islands by building a green economy that increases domestic food and energy production.