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.
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.
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.
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.
Two substantive, collaboration-seeking projects, the Education Reimagined initiative and the Project on Nutrition and Wellness, were recently profiled in the New York Times' Opinionator blog in a post by David Bornstein. CBI has worked closely with Convergence to design the process and facilitate vast, iterative, multi-stakeholder dialogues over the lifespan of these projects.
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.