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The Hawaii-Pacific Islands Cooperative Ecosystems 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 9 federal and 9 non federal partners, including universities and other organizations. The CESU covers the Pacific from Guam and American Samoa to California and Hawaii. 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.

Please click here to view a PDF of the joint venture agreeement between HPI-CESU and the federal government.

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.


The contacts for the HPI-CESU are:

Director: David Duffy, Tel 808-956-8218, fax 808-973-2936

Webmaster: Stephanie Joe Tel 808-753-0702