Grantee name: Pacific Environment
Mission: Pacific Environment protects the living environment of the Pacific Rim by strengthening democracy, supporting grassroots activism, empowering communities, and redefining international policies.
Sakhalin Environment Watch has been working with international partners for over three years to stop and modify the second phase of Royal Dutch/Shell's oil and natural gas extraction projects on and offshore Sakhalin Island, Russia. It represents the Nivkh, Uilta, Evenk and Nanai indigenous communities in their demands for a place at the table in project planning, cultural impact assessment leading to changes, and fair compensation. Its strategies include community blockades of construction sites, and extensive documentation of the impacts of dredging, platforms and pipelines on already endangered wildlife, traditional land-use areas and local infrastructure. SEW leaders have written and met with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development repeatedly to protest approval and funding of Shell's Sakhalin project, and have generated shareholder resolutions and media coverage of the unethical practices of these corporations.
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA and Yuzhno Sakhalinsk, Russia
Websites: www.pacificenvironment.org, www.sakhalin.environment.ru/en
YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/pacenviro
Channel Grant: Supported Sakhalin Environment Watch's community organizing work with the indigenous peoples of the Sakhalin Island region to ensure that their sovereignty and cultural rights are respected, as well as the sustainability of endemic species - and that these conditions govern Shell's oil and gas drilling and pipeline plans. (2005)
Read a summary of the January 2005 protests on Sakhalin Island.