The chancellor of UC Berkeley and the president of French Polynesia have signed a general cooperative agreement (renewed in 2007) for the operation of the Gump Station by the University of California in French Polynesia.
The Gump Station works closely with its 'sister station' on Moorea: the Centre de Recherches Insulaires et Observatoire de l'Environnement (CRIOBE), a marine lab administered by the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (EPHE), France. The CNRS, EPHE, and the University of California (through its Office of the President) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding regarding collaboration and cooperation in French Polynesia. Furthermore, a renewal of the General Agreement for Cooperation between UC Berkeley and the EPHE in 2009 recognized the Gump and Criobe research platform under the common title: the "Moorea Ecostation".
In 2002, the UC Berkeley's vice chancellor for research signed an agreement with the president of the Tahitian community-based organization "Association Te Pu Atitia". This agreement, renewed in 2008, established a cultural and educational center at the Gump Station. The Atitia Center works to document, preserve, and promote the biocultural heritage of French Polynesia. It provides an important bridge between visiting scientists and the local community in Moorea.
Since July 2007, National Geographic Society (Mission Programs) has contributed to the Gump Station's operating budget through its International Ecostations Initiative. All programs based at the Gump Station benefit from this support, which also includes a graduate student fellowship program.
In October 2007, UC Berkeley signed a cooperative agreement with the University of French Polynesia (Tahiti) to encourage the exchange of faculty, researchers, and students (notably those engaged in graduate studies).
The U.S. National Science Foundation funds the Moorea Coral Reef Long Term Ecological Research (MCR-LTER) site, which is based at the Gump Station and forms part of the 26-site NSF funded LTER network.
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has funded much of the Gump Station's physical infrastructure, including laboratories, housing, and other facilties including instrumentation support for the MCR-LTER. The Moore Foundation also funded the Moorea Biocode Project to create a comprehensive biological inventory of Moorea that will benefit all present and future biological research programs on the island.
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