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Project Description

Climate Change

World Resources Institute

Established in 1982

Mission Statement:  WRI’s mission is to move 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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Impacts & Achievements:

Some of the highlights

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  • WRI’s Forest Legality Initiative made the case for protecting rosewood, one of the world’s most valuable timbers. More than 250 species of rosewood earned legal protections under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in late 2016, a move that can safeguard forests and curb the illegal timber trade.

  • WRI China helped promote bus and metro use, walking and biking in Chinese cities and contributed to the 13th Five-Year National Transit Metropolis Work Plan. Based on progress in 37 pilot cities, the Ministry expanded its National Transit Metropolis Program to 87 cities, which could benefit 490 million people

  • WRI and partners designed a new bike sharing system that is the first in India to provide segregated lanes and that also helps link to public transportation. The system attracted 25,000 members in its first five months and is inspiring other cities to launch similar projects.

  • Through an initiative developed by WRI and its partners, more than 300 companies have made a public commitment to set a science-based greenhouse gas reduction target and more than 80 of these companies have had their targets validated.

Featured Programs:

How the World Resource Institute is making a difference


WRI’s Gender Initiative aims to make gender equity a standard practice in environment and sustainable development initiatives. They work with programs and centers across the institute to ensure our environmental projects are responsive to gender and social issues. They work with WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities to ensure that public transport systems take women’s safety concerns into account. They work to spread fundamental democratic principles throughout the world by integrating gender throughout the work of their Governance Center of Excellence. They also strive to promote gender equality throughout the development community by ensuring gender balance in public events.


Change at scale requires moving in the same direction. That means getting the new Ocean narrative on the global political and business agenda and keeping it there. To do this, they will work with ocean partners and research institutions to put our findings into the hands of decision-makers, and Ocean networks such as the Friends of Ocean Action and the UN Special Envoy’s Communities of Action. Such networks and others are playing a critical role in advancing the Ocean agenda.


Transparent, effective, accountable governance is critical to ensuring that development benefits people and the planet. The Governance Center of Excellence works with civil society, governments, development agencies, businesses, and other institutions to improve decision-making processes and legal frameworks. The goal of the WRI is to empower people and strengthen institutions to foster environmentally sound and socially equitable decision-making.

Long-Term Climate Strategies

WRI is developing a set of resources for countries on how to prepare long-term strategies. In addition, as more strategies are released, WRI will be carefully analyzing them to determine how they align with international goals and to identify opportunities to go further and faster in ways that maximize benefits for society. WRI continues to produce tools and research to support decision-makers and other stakeholders in better understanding how they can meet their climate targets effectively and efficiently, and contribute towards achieving the goals laid out in the Paris Agreement.

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