Background Of Our CESU

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About the Hawaiʻi Pacific Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit

Hawaiʻi Pacific Coopersative Ecosystems Studies Unit

The Hawaiʻi- Pacific Islands Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (HPI-CESU) was created in 2004 with the host university being the Univeristy of Hawaiʻi. Currently, we have 11 federal and 17 non federal active partners, including universities and other organizations. HIPI-CESU is unique in the way that we are spread throughout Pacific from Guam and American Samoa to California and Hawaiʻi. With our partners being near and far, the Hawaiʻi-Pacific Islands Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit, is a coalition that promotes research, education and technical assistance to support better stewardship of imperiled natural and cultural resources within the Pacific.

On 1 July 2004, Hawaiʻi and the Pacific Islands became part of Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units Network, a national network which links federal land-managing agencies with universities, museums and other organizations that can provide research, training and technical expertise in managing natural and cultural resources. It allows easy transfer of federal funds through cooperative agreements to individual principal investigators to work on collaborative projects with partner organizations.

The National CESU Network

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, and incorporates 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.

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Our Office Location

Our office can be found in PB-6, on the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo campus.