Hawaiʻi-Pacific Islands Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (HPI-CESU)

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Mission Statement

The Hawaiʻi-Pacific Islands Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (HPI-CESU) is a coalition of governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations and universities that promotes research, education and technical assistance to support better stewardship of imperiled natural and cultural resources within the Pacific.

CESU National Network The Hawaiʻi- Pacific Islands Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit, created in 2004, has 10 federal and 14 non federal partners, including universities and other organizations. The CESU covers the Pacific from Guam and American Samoa to California and Hawaiʻi. It facilitates cooperative projects that provide research, training and technical expertise in managing natural and cultural resources between partners. While the CESU tracks agreements, the agreements themselves are administered through the individual non-federal partners.

The Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units (CESU) Network is a national consortium of federal agencies, academic institutions, tribal, state, and local governments, nongovernmental conservation organizations, and other partners working together to support informed public trust resource stewardship. The CESU Network includes nearly 300 partners, including 13 federal agencies, in 17 CESUs representing biogeographic regions encompassing all 50 states and U.S. territories. The CESU Network is well positioned as a platform to support research, technical assistance, education and capacity building that is responsive to long-standing and contemporary science and resource management priorities.

For a copy of our 2019-2024 agreement, see the cooperative and joint venture agreement between HPI-CESU and the federal government (PDF).

For current opportunities to participate in CESU projects, please go to our Research Statements of Interest and Funding Opportunity Announcements Page.

Please notify HPI-CESU Director Sharon Ziegler-Chong of any awards made with the CESU master agreement.