WHAT IS STEW-MAP?
The Stewardship Mapping and Assessment Project (STEW-MAP) is a project to help us better understand and visualize how communities care for or mālama the many special places in Hawaiʿi. On Oʿahu, we are starting with Kona and Koʿolaupoko Districts.
STEW-MAP is designed to help map these stewardship activities and networks with the goal of strengthening community capacity for stewardship. It addresses the questions: Who takes care of this region? Where are there gaps and concentrations of care?
WHAT IS THE BENEFIT?
There are many community and civic groups that care for our lands and waters. These groups are vital to the health and well-being of our communities, but many of their activities are undervalued because there is very little official information about the stewardship actions taken by community leaders.
STEW-MAP is designed to show the many ways that people care for the Kona and Koʻolaupoko Moku or Districts (see figure 1 below - Moku boundaries). It also becomes a resource for community groups and partner agencies to effectively communicate and collaborate with each other, to identify opportunities to support community based efforts, and to enhance the capacity of stewards.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
STEW-MAP collects survey data to create a public, online stewardship database and map of community, civic, and other organizations that mālama ʻāina & kai — including those that conserve, restore, manage, monitor, transform, advocate for, engage with, and/or educate about the local environment.
We are focusing on organizations working on land, water, and sky stewardship from Moanalua to Kualoa Ahupuaʻa (see figure 2 below - Ahupuaʻa boundaries). This is the first phase for Oʻahu, with plans to cover other regions in the future.
Phase 1 – Outreach and Recruitment Groups that care for Kona and Koʻolaupoko can sign up or be referred to participate in the survey. Because the health of our environment is interconnected to the health of our communities and ourselves, we are eager to engage with a wide range of groups involved in environmental work of any kind, not only those who identify as environmental groups. Participating groups can be informal and need not be registered non-profits.
Phase 2 - Survey Surveys will be sent to groups that request them and to groups who are referred by environmental alliances, hui, and agencies. (sign-up here)
Phase 3 – Integration and Creation With the full consent of participating groups, STEW-MAP integrates survey information to create a public, online database and map of stewardship. Additional products will also be collaboratively co-created with participants.
Phase 4 – Use The database can be used to show the many ways that people care for this region. For example, it can identify: where are groups working, on what issues, who is working in your community or topic; and ways to share information, ideas and other resources. It can visualize stewardship with maps and diagrams in your neighborhood, ahupuaʻa & moku.