Wiggle Room: Making a Case for NGO Partnerships

From: Huffington Post

. Founder, Segal Family Foundation

The spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa will eventually be contained and the civil wars in South Sudan, Congo and other African countries will one day end. But even generations of positive press about the continent would be hard pressed to erase the world’s image of Africa as a hopeless place of death and terrorism. Consider this my small contribution to flipping that image.

Williams School Hosts First Social Entrepreneurship Summit

From: Washington & Lee University

by Jessica Willett

The Williams School’s J. Lawrence Connolly Center for Entrepreneurship hosted its first Social Entrepreneurship Summit on May 2.

When business administration professor Drew Hess taught a winter term course on social entrepreneurship, he was overwhelmed by all the ways his students wanted to change the world.

“Across campus, there were these great student-led causes trying to initiate big, bold change, and we thought it made a lot of sense to give them some of the same tools and support we’d give to any student startups,” said Hess.

From the White House: Energizing Entrepreneurs to Help End Extreme Poverty

From: The White House

FACT SHEET: Strengthening Entrepreneurship At Home and Abroad

“Let’s do more to help the entrepreneurs and small business owners who create most new jobs in America.”

– President Barack Obama, State of the Union, January 28, 2014

Entrepreneurs play a critical role in expanding the economy and creating jobs.  President Obama is committed to increasing the prevalence and success of entrepreneurs across the country, including through the White House Startup America initiative, an “all-hands-on-deck” effort to expand access to capital, accelerate innovation, and promote private sector efforts to strengthen the Nation’s startup communities.  The United States also runs and funds hundreds of programs to support entrepreneurs globally and maintains a broad coalition of governments, business people, civil society, investors, and academics to educate and support entrepreneurs around the world.

The water-energy-food nexus: experts tackle the complexities

From: The Guardian

In a recent live online debate, panelists discussed the current state of play for nexus thinking, highlighting compelling projects and future challenges

The triple challenge of energy supplies, water stress and food security is becoming increasingly important at a global level. In a recent live chat on the water-energy-food nexus, experts shared positive, practical examples of policy and on-the-ground projects happening now and commented on what the future holds.

Is recent progress on nexus thinking encouraging?

There are a multitude of actors involved in nexus debates, from NGOs, government and business to academia and civil society, and big conversations are happening.

We Apologize for the Inconvenience Resulting from the Outage of Our Website

         The CRE website was attacked with the result that had we not pulled down the website we would have risked loosing content.

         We appreciate your many emails and we are  working to continue to install state of the art  early warning systems.  We must , however, add that we have only had two major outages in more than a decade of operation.

        We are particularly concerned that some of you could not use the website for the preparation of regulatory filings.

IUCN Releases Evaluation of Western Gray Whale Advisory Committee Panel

The IUCN released its reported titled, “Evaluation of the Western Grey Whale Advisory Panel.”

The report is available here

Sakhalin-1: A New Frontier

Sakhalin-1: A New Frontier

The first phase of the Sakhalin-1 project, one of the world’s most ambitious developments, reached peak production of 250,000 barrels of oil per day in the first quarter of 2007.Sakhalin-1: A New Frontier details this pioneering development from its formative stages on the remote Sakhalin shelf in the Russian Arctic in the early 1990s. Operated by Exxon Neftegas Limited on behalf of a five-company international consortium, Sakhalin-1 is expected to continue providing benefits for Russia, the Asia-Pacific and a world needing more energy for at least the next 40 years.

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Statement of Common Demands by Environmental NGOs regarding the Sakhalin-1 and Sakhalin-2 Oil and Gas Projects

Please see here for a Statement of Common Demands by Environmental NGOs regarding the Sakhalin-1 and Sakhalin-2 Oil and Gas Projects: Sakhalin NGO Env Common Demands

OIRA Watch

Some two dozen legislative proposals to improve the regulatory process are under consideration by the Congress.  Nonetheless, the immediate relief needed for job creation can come though OIRA.

Accordingly  we have launched an interactive public docket (IPD), OIRA Watch,  aimed at demonstrating the need for OIRA to act on particular issues of interest.

The impact of any “Watch” site is heavily depending upon the credibility of its sponsor; please view CRE’s credentials, giving particular attention to the information contained in this link.

Exxon Neftegas Limited Statement on Western Gray Whale

Western Gray Whale

From: Exxon Neftegas Limited

During the summer and fall months, the northeast coast of Sakhalin Island is visited by a small Western Gray Whale population. Before the 1970s, little was known about these animals — which many believed had been hunted to extinction. But thanks to a research program that Exxon Neftegas Limited has been conducting in partnership with Sakhalin Energy since 1997, prominent whale experts from Russia and abroad have acquired unique data on this endangered marine mammal species. Based on data compiled through these multi-year research efforts, measures taken to protect the mammals appear to be effective.