Location and Values: The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is located on Big Island, the largest of the islands that make up the Hawaiian archipelago in the central Pacific Ocean. The site includes two of the world’s most active volcanoes, and exemplifies the process of island building through volcanic processes. One of the two volcanoes (Mauna Loa) is the greatest volcanic mass on Earth (measured from the ocean floor), and the continuing state of volcanic activity produces an ever-changing landscape.
Conservation Status and Prospects. According to IUCN’s Conservation Outlook Assessment (2017) the conservation status of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is ‘good’. The IUCN report notes that the geological values of the site are secure and the park is well managed and supported by local communities. In terms of protecting the many endemic species of flora and fauna, there have been some notable successes in alien species control, species recovery, and ecosystem restoration, but more remains to be done.
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