In the wake of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, there was a question of what the future looked like for the residents of Smith Island in Maryland, the last occupied island in the Chesapeake Bay that can only be reached by boat. While the hurricane demonstrated the threat of natural disasters for coastal communities, residents knew it was only one of the many threats to their way of life.
As California continues to face pressing issues of water management, the creation of a groundwater sustainability agency (GSA) looms ahead. Senior Mediator Gina Bartlett, who has been arms-deep in the creation process, contributed a post today for the Groundwater Act blog on building consensus. A snippet of that blog post is included below:
We've spent far too much time thinking about the global causes of climate change, and not nearly enough worrying about the local impacts that climate change is already having on coastal communities. The distinction is important. Most of the people pushing for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions are environmentalists or experts worried about future generations.
This post originally appeared on CBI Founder and Chief Knowledge Officer Larry Susskind's blog, The Consensus Building Approach.
CBI, in partnership with the Union of Concerned Scientists, releases a new report on responding to unconventional oil and gas development. This report is meant to serve as a non-partisan resource for local officials who currently or may soon have gas and oil development in their jurisdictions.
In 2014, CBI and Casa de la Paz, a Chilean partner organization, jointly mediated a conflict between a major Chilean forestry company and a small community located next to one of the company’s plantations. The process began after the community requested our help in addressing a range of concerns about the company’s activities, and the company agreed to engage in a dialogue process.
The community’s primary concerns included:
CBI Senior Fellow Melissa Deas has written and released a report on Farm to Institution New England (FINE), a network that crosses six states in New England. Using interviews with members of FINE staff, leaders, partner organizations, and similar organizations, Deas has drawn out some great insights on what makes these networks so valuable, how to build them, and how to sustain them.
Patrick Field and Tushar Kansal honored for contributions to North American Bat Monitoring Program by the US Forest Service
CBI and the New Nigeria Foundation are facilitating the work of a distinguished and diverse group of Nigerian leaders to change the focus of public debate in Nigeria from "how to get more oil revenue" to "how to get beyond oil." The Forum for Inclusive Nigerian Development (FIND) has just gone public with its Call to Action.