The Hawaii-Pacific Islands Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit
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.
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
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.
contacts for the HPI-CESU are:
David Duffy, Tel 808-956-8218, fax 808-973-2936