World Resources Institute

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The World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization founded in 1982 with offices in the United States (Washington, D.C.),China (Beijing) and Brazil (São Paulo). WRI India, based in Mumbai, is an independent organization inspired by WRI and sharing WRI's mission, goals, and programs.

WRI focuses on the intersection of the environment and socio-economic development. The organization goes beyond research to put ideas into action, working globally with governments, business, and civil society to build transformative solutions that protect the earth and improve people's lives.[1]

WRI organizes its work around six goals:[2]

  • Climate Change. Protect communities and natural ecosystems from damage caused by greenhouse gas emissions, and generate opportunities for people by catalyzing a global transition to a low-carbon economy.
  • Energy. Drive the scale-up of clean, affordable power systems throughout the world to deliver sustainable socio-economic development.
  • Food. Ensure the world’s food systems reduce their impact on the environment, drive economic opportunity, and sustainably feed 9.6 billion people by 2050.
  • Forests. Alleviate poverty, enhance food security, conserve biodiversity, and mitigate climate change by reducing forest loss and restoring productivity to degraded, deforested lands.
  • Water. Achieve a water-secure future by mapping, measuring, and mitigating global water risks.
  • Cities and Transport. Improve quality of life in cities by developing and scaling environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable urban and transport solutions.

WRI has three Centers of Excellence that design solutions for and analyze these six critical goals:

  • Governance Center of Excellence works to empower people and support institutions to foster socially equitable and environmentally sound decision-making.
  • Business Center of Excellence harnesses the private sector to spur action, innovation, and ambition in support of sustainable development outcomes.
  • Finance Center of Excellence aims to mobilize and shift public and private sector investments toward sustainable development—particularly in developing nations.

WRI is probably best known for its biennial publication, the World Resources Report, a well-regarded collection of data and in-depth analysis on current environmental issues. The current edition of World Resources focuses on Creating a Sustainable Food Future.[3] The previous edition, entitled Decision Making in a Changing Climate, explored the challenges and choices made by leaders in developing countries in adapting to climate change. The report is a collaborative product of World Resources Institute with the World Bank, United Nations Environment Programme and United Nations Development Programme.[4]

WRI is governed by an international Board of Directors. Donor information and accomplishments of the organization are highlighted in the WRI Annual Report. WRI's 3rd President, Dr. Andrew Steer, was appointed by the WRI Board in March 2012 and began his term in August 2012.[5] [6] [7]

WRI's mission[edit]

WRI's mission is to accompany human society to live in ways that protect Earth's environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations.


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