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

Mission Statement

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

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.

The Hawaiian Pacific Islands Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit, created in 2004, has 10 federal and 10 non federal partners, including universities and other organizations. The CESU covers the Pacific from Guam and American Sāmoa 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.

For a copy of our current 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 Projects Page.

The CESU has a director, webmaster and "grantsmaster" to provide track agreements run through the CESU. The CESU also coproduces the HPI-CESU/PCSU technical report series which facilitates the preservation and dissemination of data, methods and research findings in a detail not usually possible in publications.

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

The contacts for the HPI-CESU are: