CHWA CESU 2021 Renewal

Renewal Background

Agreements for Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units (CESU) are executed for five-year terms.  The CHWA CESU's agreement was most recently renewed in August 2021. The CESU renewal requires a three-part application:

  1. The host institution submits an internal review that includes project data, details of partnership-building activities, and other data related to the unit’s performance, growth, and sustainability over the past five years, as well as its plans for the future. As part of the process, the CHWA conducted a survey of partners in late 2020 to verify our existing project and partner data and to collect new data.
  2.  Federal partners in the CHWA CESU  draft an assessment report related to the performance of the CESU over the previous five-year term.
  3. A team of external reviewers also submits a similar assessment.

Please see below for the application, reviewers' comments and other materials from our most recent renewal. Contact Dan Filer at or Rhonda Schwinabart at with any questions related to this renewal.

Full CHWA CESU Renewal Application

The full application, including the CHWA CESU Host Self-Assessment, Federal Managers Report, and external reviews, is available in PDF format by clicking the following link:

CHWA CESU 5yr Renewal 2021

CHWA CESU Renewal 2021 Council Comments Memo

Strategic Planning

Following are links to the Strategic Plans for the past two renewal periods:

CHWA CESU 2021-2026 Strategic Plan

CHWA CESU 2015-2020 Strategic Plan

CHWA CESU 5-Year Project Report

Report period: January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020