About Us: Mission and Vision

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The Pacific Institute is a global water think tank that combines science-based thought leadership with active outreach to influence local, national, and international efforts in developing sustainable water policies. Since 1987, we have worked with everyone from Fortune 500 companies to disenfranchised communities to create and advance sustainable water policies and deliver meaningful results such as:

  • Creating the first assessment and warning to policy makers of the dangers of climate change for fresh water supplies.
  • Pioneering and promoting the “soft path” to water concept, which calls for a new and comprehensive approach for managing water infrastructure, demands, and institutions.
  • Becoming the organizing force behind the United Nations’ CEO Water Mandate, which brings global corporations and international organizations together to adopt water sustainability practices.
  • Delivering 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.