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The Pacific Exchange Emerging Professionals (PEEP) Program  seeks to provide professional development opportunities for the next generation of conservation leaders. HCA recognizes that the global conservation effort has much to gain by enhancing dialogue between similar social, cultural, and/ or political systems. Through peer learning and the exchange of information and experiences, PEEP participants will become part of a larger network of conservation professionals who share resource stewardship concerns, across a large, complex biocultural area between Hawai‘i, and the Micronesian, Melanesian, or Polynesian archipelagos. HCA will provide support for up to two successful PEEP applicants with up to $2500 in support towards an exchange experience, funding permitting.


Isolated in time and space for millions of years, the Pacific islands have evolved unique flora and fauna. The region is presently subject to powerful vectors of ecosystem change such as alien species, disease, and habitat loss. The result is that these rare ecosystems are facing high rates of species extinction. Presently in the face of climatic change, the natural environments of Hawai‘i and the Pacific Islands have even more in common and greater opportunities to exchange management knowledge. The potential gains from interaction between these otherwise remote islands are enhanced by the astounding richness of culture and tradition, where community involvement is often not only a principle for successful management practice, but essential to reaching collective biodiversity conservation goals.

Dedicated researchers, managers and communities throughout the Pacific basin are working to address a shared conservation management ethic and challenges using unique approaches and philosophies. The collective progress of their efforts include advances and solutions that may also be applicable in the other island jurisdictions. Interactions between conservation professionals throughout the Pacific region have resulted in many progressive initiatives from one island migrating, transferring, and yielding outstanding results to other regions.

PEEP seeks to expand this knowledge exchange by highlighting topics surrounding the integration of social, cultural, and political approaches, techniques, and philosophies relevant to critical conservation issues.

Applicant Requirements

To be eligible, applicants must be:

  • A resident of one of the islands in Hawai‘i, Micronesia, Melanesia or Polynesia
  • An emerging professional, within first 5 years of your professional career
  • Currently working in a paid conservation position or attending college

The exchange must:

  • Be relevant to cutting edge biocultural and critical conservation issues
  • Provide for a meaningful exchange that gives each participant an opportunity to learn but also teach
  • Encourage collaboration, dialogue and learning objectives and goals that further an integration of culture, science and management

Following the exchange experience, successful applicants are required to:

  • Share their experience through the HCA website, media releases, and presentations during HCA events.
  • Provide a comparable presentation at the home country during a workshop, conference or training to exchange information about the experience with conservation professionals from across the region.
  • Draft and submit a news release for media distribution in both participating countries.
  • Draft and submit a written report of 3-5 pages for distribution to the HCA, posting on the HCA website, and wider distribution across the conservation community.

Application Checklist

  1. PEEP 2016 Application Form 
  2. Letter of Reference (by Current Supervisor)
  3. Exchange Site Mentor Endorsement Form
  4. Resume and exchange travel budget (in excel spreadsheet or word doc format)

All application documents can be sent via email: capacity@hawaiiconservation.org


Please find the application and supporting material below:

PEEP 2016 Information Flyer

PEEP 2016 Application Form

PEEP 2016 Exchange Site Mentor Endorsement Form

PEEP 2016 Letter of Reference (by Current Supervisor)

Please submit the application form and supporting application documents no later than

**October 30th, 2015**

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be evaluated on:

  • The importance of the topic for conservation in Hawaiʻi
  • Correlation of their exchange topic to the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress
  • Relevance to the HCA mission - topics that integrate across management, education, science, culture, etc.
  • Strength of matching support (e.g. financial, in-kind, travel, housing, or other support)
  • Strength of endorsement letters
  • Relevance of knowledge gained to Hawaiʻi and broader Pacific conservation professionals
  • Two-way vs one-way exchange (proposals involving a two-way exchange will be rated more favorably)

Exchange Documentation:

  • Once an applicant has been selected, a complete itinerary must be submitted at least one month prior to travel
  • A presentation abstract must be submitted and approved prior to the initiation of the exchange
  • At least 3 weeks prior to the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress, the participant must submit a draft news release to HCA inclusive of information about HCA, HCC 2017, and PEEP
  • Finally, within one month from completion of the exchange, a 3-5 page report must be submitted for website posting and wider Pacific conservation community distribution