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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.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Pacific Institute brings solid science and rigorous research methods to matters related to the human use of water. Their research covering impacts on local communities ranges from the US to communities in places like Indonesia. At the other end of the spectrum, they are involved in helping some of the world's largest multinationals to become better stewards of water resources. I have been a board member for many years, and I am continually impressed by the innovative approaches the Institute takes to these cruicially important issues. But they are not just detached researchers. To the person, the staff wants to make the world a better place, and they work tirelessly to support change in the right direction.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As an impacted resident of West Oakland, Pacific Institute as been in the front of many "think tank institute" which has reach out to all sort of people to train and education the power of research and data collection. Water issues have been a the PI primary work, this organization has supported the underserved people with information and knowledge base more so that local, state and federal government to positive change most needy communities. Thank you Pacific Institute.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been formally affiliated with the Pacific Institute for three years but aware of its outstanding contribution to understanding global water issues and the challenge of fostering a sustainable and equitable planet for well over a decade. The core strength of the Institute is its capacity to do innovative research in the context of human values--serving all humanity. The work has policy and community impact --achieving all three (research, policy, community impact) at the highest standard.

The organization is well run, collaborative, fiscally conservative and responsible, and creative in program design and goals.

The Pacific Institute is a model for non-profit research organizations desiring to make an impact.

Joan Diamond

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I collaborated with the Pacific Institute (PI) for ten years as a senior governmental environmental official in California. PI was one of the first credible voices supporting multi-issue sustainability thinking. They continue to support these ideas through local and international programs. Now as a Board member I have come to appreciate an incredibly talented staff and an inspired leader in Peter Gleick. In a time populated with anti-science and anti-knowledge voices, the work of PI has become even more valuable