शनिवार, 9 अगस्त 2008

Natural Resources Defense Council

NRDC is the nation's most effective environmental action organization. We use law, science and the support of 1.2 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things.

Worth Magazine has named NRDC one of America's 100 best charities, and the Wise Giving Alliance of the Better Business Bureau reports that NRDC meets its highest standards for accountability and use of donor funds.

NRDC was founded in 1970 by a group of law students and attorneys at the forefront of the environmental movement. NRDC lawyers helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws. Today, our staff of more than 300 lawyers, scientists and policy experts -- a MacArthur "genius" award-winner among them -- work out of offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Beijing.

The New York Times calls us "One of the nation's most powerful environmental groups." The National Journal says we're "A credible and forceful advocate for stringent environmental protection."

With the support of our members and online activists, NRDC works to solve the most pressing environmental issues we face today: curbing global warming, getting toxic chemicals out of the environment, moving America beyond oil, reviving our oceans, saving wildlife and wild places, and helping China go green.

International Water Management Institute IWMI


The International Water Management Institute is a nonprofit scientific research organization focusing on the sustainable use of water and land resources in agriculture and on the water needs of developing countries. IWMI works with partners in the South to develop tools and methods to help these countries eradicate poverty through more effective management of their water and land resources.

Mission: Improving water and land resources management for food livelihoods and nature.

The objectives of IWMI's work:

Identify the larger issues related to water management and food security that need to be understood and addressed by governments and policymakers.

Develop, test and promote management practices and tools that can be used by governments and institutions to manage water and land resources more effectively, and address water scarcity issues.

Clarify the link between poverty and access to water and to help governments and the research community better understand the specific water-related problems of poor people.

Help developing countries build their research capacities to deal with water scarcity and related food security issues.
Research Themes:

Following the recent Strategic Planning process, IWMI has refined its research framework to better reflect the broader water-food-environment challenges. As part of the new framework, IWMI has organized its research around four main activities: mapping water productivity; mapping water poverty; analyzing high potential interventions and assessing impacts.

Corresponding with this refined research framework, IWMI’s thematic structure has also been tightened from the previous five themes to four new themes, with two cross-cutting Communities of Practice devoted to issues of policies and institutions as well as human health.

The four new IWMI themes are:

Basin Water Management
Land, Water and Livelihoods
Agriculture, Water and Cities
Water Management and Environment

Where we work:
IWMI has research projects running in 21 countries in Asia and Africa. Work is coordinated through regional offices located in India, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Thailand. The Institute has subregional offices in Ethiopia, Ghana, Nepal, Uzbekistan, China, and Laos.

Our research staff:
The Institute has a multidisciplinary approach to water management research. Most of IWMI's research combines the expertise of economists, agronomists, hydrologists, engineers, sociologists, management specialists and health researchers. The research team is composed of approximately 100 scientists from 16 different countries.


बुधवार, 23 अप्रैल 2008

River Network

River Network is a national nonprofit organization working for clean and healthy waters. While rivers are our focal point, we are interested in the quality of all fresh waters and the health of all people and ecosystems dependent upon them. We are unique among national organizations, because our very reason for being is to support grassroots groups working for watershed protection.

Our headquarters are in Portland, Oregon, where River Network was founded in 1988. Our staff members are based in Oregon, Idaho, Vermont, North Carolina and Washington, DC. We work from coast to coast.

Our MissionRiver Network's mission is to help people understand, protect and restore rivers and their watersheds.

Our business is connecting people and saving rivers.

River Network fills an essential niche in the conservation community. By providing information, training, consultation and connections, we enhance the individual and collective efforts of hundreds of other organizations.

Our VisionWe envision a day when all fresh waters are safe for drinking and swimming, and when fish are naturally abundant and safe to eat.

We envision a day when healthy aquatic ecosystems support balanced, self-sustaining populations of native plants and animals, both in the water and on the land.

We envision a sustained effort over generations of a national movement for watershed protection.

Who We ServeOur network now consists of thousands of organizations. They include grassroots watershed associations, statewide conservation groups, large river basin groups, Native American tribes, fishing and boating associations, businesses, state and federal governmental agencies and other national environmental organizations. These groups are the direct beneficiaries of our services. Their work benefits hundreds of millions of people from coast to coast.

We work most closely with River Network Partners--dues-paying groups that receive our regular publications and basic services. Our consistent support has helped hundreds of these groups form and grow steadily stronger over the past decade. Many now have professional staff and hundreds or thousands of active members of their own. Today, there are over 700 River Network Partner groups active across North America.

Our broad, diverse network includes groups with widely varying methods and perspectives toward restoring and protecting rivers, lakes and streams. We value and respect their independence. Consequently, we work to serve them, not direct them.

We do not take positions on national or state legislative or regulatory issues, become directly involved in local or state affairs, endorse political candidates at any level, or litigate. These are roles better filled by others--including the local, state and regional groups we serve, other national organizations, and coalitions that form within our network to address specific issues. We do teach groups how to organize for legislative and political progress at the state and local levels.

Our nature makes it possible for us to work in ways that many others cannot. For example, we work with governmental agencies to develop funding and programs that create support for watershed groups and a more positive climate for watershed protection. We also help state and federal agencies understand the needs and perspectives of the groups in our network.

River Network is a national organization. Our headquarters is in Portland, Oregon. We also have staff in Maryland., North Carolina, Vermontk, Idaho and Utah.

National Headquarters:
520 SW 6th Avenue #1130
Portland, OR 97204
Fax 503-241-9256

Regional Offices:
7132 Pea Neck Rd.
St. Michaels, MD 21663

North Carolina:
21 Robindale Ave.
Asheville, NC 28801
Fax 828-254-1824

145 Southview Dr.
Shelburne, VT 05482

3209 N. 39th St.
Boise, ID 83703
Fax 208-345-1588

1985 South 500 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84105

India Welcome

A Waiting Network

American Rivers

American Rivers works to preserve and restore America's river systems and to foster a river stewardship ethic.
American Whitewater Affiliation works to conserve and restore America's whitewater resources
Columbia and Snake River Campaign Returning Salmon by Restoring Rivers
Charles River Conservancy
EDF (Environmental Defense Fund)
Friends of the River " identifies outstanding rivers in California - and in watersheds shared with Oregon, Nevada and Arizona - and mobilizes positive citizen action to protect and restore the ecosystems of these rivers..., NGO
Glenn Canyon Action Network, NGO, People for the integrity of the Colorado River
Idaho Rivers United is a statewide, non-profit river conservation group devoted to the protection of Idaho's rivers, streams and riparian areas and the recovery of Idaho's wild salmon and steelhead.
IRN International Rivers Network see section "international"
Living Rivers USA, promotes large-scale river restoration through broad-based mobilization. NGO,
River Network - River Network's mission is to help people organize to protect and restore rivers and watersheds.
United States Society on Dams is a nation-wide professional organization dedicated to advancing the technology of dam engineering