About Us: Mission and Vision
The Pacific Institute, a global water think tank, provides science-based thought leadership with active outreach to influence local, national, and international efforts in developing sustainable water policies. It actively advances solutions to some of the world’s most intractable water-related problems, such as water management and use, climate change, environmental degradation, food, fiber, and energy production, and lack of access to fresh water and sanitation.
Since 1987 the Pacific Institute has combined science-based thought leadership with active outreach to ensure access to clean water for people and ecosystems. From working with Fortune 500 companies to disenfranchised communities, we lead local, national, and international efforts in developing sustainable water policies, delivering meaningful results such as:
- First assessment and warning to policy makers of the dangers of climate change for fresh water supplies.
- Pioneered and promoted the “soft path” to water concept, which calls for a new and comprehensive approach for managing water infrastructure, demands, and institutions.
- The organizing force behind the United Nations’ CEO Water Mandate, which brings global corporations and international organizations together to adopt water sustainability practices.
- Delivered best practice guidance to governments to help them cope with severe drought conditions.
The Pacific Institute creates and advances solutions to the world’s most pressing water challenges.
We envision a world in which society, the economy, and the environment have the water they need to thrive now and in the future.