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World Resources Institute (WRI) is a global research non-profit organization that was established in 1982 with funding from the MacArthur Foundation under the leadership of James Gustave Speth. They aintain offices in the United States, China, India, Brazil, and Indonesia. Mission is to promote environmental sustainability, economic opportunity, and human health and well-being. WRI partners with local and national governments, private companies, publicly held corporations, and other non-profits to promote environmental sustainability, economic opportunity, human health and well-being.

Focuses on 7 key areas: Food, Forests, Water, Energy, Cities, Climate and Ocean

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Overview & Initiatives

WRI initiatives include:

  • Ensuring a civil society network dedicated to the citizens. This would enable the right and ability to influence decisions about the natural resources that sustain their communities.

  • An initiative to measure, map and understand water risks around the globe.

  • Champions 12.3, a coalition of executives to accelerate progress toward United Nations Sustainable Development Goal Target 12.3 to tackle food loss and waste.

  • Global Forest Watch, an online forest monitoring and alert system.

  • The Greenhouse Gas Protocol provides standards, guidance, tools, and trainings for business and government to quantify and manage GHG emissions.

  • Landmark, a platform providing maps and information on lands that are collectively held and used by Indigenous peoples and local communities.

  • PACE was launched during the 2018 World Economic Forum Annual meeting; from 2019. Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy (PACE), a public-private collaboration platform and project accelerating focusing on building the circular economy. WRI is supporting the scale-up of PACE and establish an Action Hub in The Hague.

  • By setting greenhouse gas emission reduction targets in line with climate science the Science Based Targets such Initiative helps companies transition to a low-carbon economic profile.

  • WRI Ross Center helps cities grow more sustainably and seeks to improve quality of life in developing countries around the world.

Recent Updates

  • New deforestation hotspots in Africa, like Ghana and Ivory Coast, the increase in tree loss was due to illegal mining, small-scale forest clearing and expansion of cocoa farms.

  • Most destruction was seen in Brazil (13,500 sq-km), Congo (4,800 sq-km), Indonesia (3,400 sq-km), Colombia (1,800 sq-km), Bolivia (1,500 sq-km) and Madagascar lost 2 % of its entire rain forest in 2018.

  • According to annual assessment by scientists of Global Forest Watch (which uses satellite imagery and remote sensing to monitor tree cover losses Brazil to Ghana) almost 1/3rd of area destroyed (~36,000 square km) was pristine primary rainforest (consists of mature trees that absorb more carbon and are harder to replace.

  • According to Mighty Earth, (a global environmental campaign organization), deforestation causes more climate pollution than all world’s cars, trucks, ships and planes combined.

- Published/Last Modified on: August 12, 2019

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