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Pacific Institute for Studies in Development Environment and Securi

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, International, International Peace & Security, Water, Water Resources, Wetlands Conservation & Management

Mission: The Pacific Institute creates and advances solutions to the world’s most pressing water challenges.

Target demographics: Policy makers, the public,

Geographic areas served: Global

Programs: Water & Sustainability: Finding better ways to manage freshwater so that everyone has access to clean, safe water; Community Strategies for Sustainability and Justice: Our own community based projects, combining policy research with community organizing in an Oakland neighborhood and pulling 50+ grassroots organizations into a coalition, through which they can speak for their own interests in the Calfed water project.

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2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am always dismayed when credible and transparent organizations are assaulted with baseless charges by anonymous posters who disagree with the work done by the Pacific Institute. It is my experience that commenters like the one who challenged the Institute on its transparency and leveled defamatory claims, are simply substituting ideology for knowledge. Knowledge, in this particular case, available on the very website he or she disparaged. Critics who defame with no facts or evidence are merely frightened that science will force them to recant long-held beliefs. Changing their minds may not be possible. To concurrent studies had concluded that some people are so ignorant that they don't know they are ignorant.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Pacific Institute's work in the international communities have empowered women and increased access to clean water for several communities in India, etc. Their collaboration with other sustainable non-profits abroad deepens the understanding and knowledge gained from community surveys and they continue to be one of the world's leading green non-profits in the water sector. Kudos to them, keep up the good work PI!