October 13, 2016

Consider editing a major planning document with 5 federal agencies, 3 agencies each in 6 states, 15 non-profit organizations, three to four layers each. That equals ninety commenters and thousands of comments over multiple drafts. That’s any author’s nightmare! Comments come in late. Multiple commenters from a single agency contradict one another. A new high-level commenter suddenly demands a host of changes without any context, history, or understanding of why you are where you are. This is the reality for many planners, coordinators, and technical writers in multi-stakeholder processes.

July 11, 2016

CBI mourns the passing of founding Board member and Harvard faculty member Howard Raiffa. Howard served with dedication, generosity, wit, and insight on CBI’s Board from our founding in 1994 until 2000. A seminal thinker in the field of negotiation and decision analysis for more than 50 years, Howard contributed both analytic rigor and practical advice to CBI, helping our organizational development and sharpening our thinking about many projects. We salute his accomplishments and remember his contributions to our work with gratitude.

July 8, 2016

Following years of monitoring, management, and meetings, the Masschusetts Division of Fish and Wildlife Services and the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife Services released a new Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) for the piping plover, a small bird that makes its home on sandy shorelines and rocky beaches. The HCP outlines a flexible approach to managing habitats for the bird while promoting long-term conservation, as the document is intended to cover the next 26 years. 

April 25, 2016

The Forum on Inclusive Nigerian Development (FIND) recently convened a meeting on April 12, 2016 to draw together representatives from states' economic management teams, development agencies, financial services, economist, media members, and civil society groups. The drastic fall in global oil price has massively impacted the Nigerian economy and shows no signs of booming back in the near future.

February 5, 2016

Across mineral rich and developing regions of the world, substantial natural resource wealth rests with Indigenous and tribal communities. And yet, throughout the world, Indigenous Peoples have historically suffered disproportionately from negative impacts of extractive activities in their territories: : lack of consent, control, recognition, and benefit, and even outright theft and violence.

February 3, 2016

In line with a multi-year effort to bring the United States into line with the international standards outlined by the Extractives Industry Transparency Initative, the USEITI released its first annual report on December 15, 2015 and launched a website making available all of the data from which the report draws. This information ranges from royalites paid to tax breaks to production volumes for the extractives industry in the United States and can all be downloaded by members of the public.

February 1, 2016

The Global Roundtable on Sustainable Beef recently approved the CBI-led report on aligning country and regional rountables to the Global Roundtable. The report was conceived following a six-month long process to develop guidance framework with many members of the GRSB, and it outlines the "Global to Local" initative the Rountable is in the process of undertaking. The report's recommendations were ratified by the Board in December 2015. 

January 12, 2016

Henrik Selin, Associate Professor, and Adil Najam, Dean of the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, contributed a great piece to The Coversation last month on the key takeaways from the new Paris Agreement. 

At 7:27 pm local time Saturday, December 12th, 2015, a new Paris Agreement on global climate change was born after four years of taxing labor. Its much-anticipated birth was quickly followed by copious self-congratulations by many of the parents in the room who almost all were overcome by joy and bursting with pride.


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