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World Resources Institute

World Resources Institute
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Founder James Gustave Speth
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President & CEO
Andrew Steer
Chairman of the Board
James A. Harmon
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Mission 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.
Formerly called
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The World Resources Institute (WRI) is a non-governmental global research organization which seeks to create equity and prosperity through sustainable natural resource management.[1] It was established in 1982 with funding from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation[2] under the leadership of James Gustave Speth.[3] WRI is an independent, non-partisan and nonprofit organization with a global staff of more than 450 scientists, economists, policy experts, business analysts, statistical analysts, mapmakers, and communicators developing and promoting policies with the intention of protecting the Earth and improving people’s lives.[1]

The efforts of the WRI are focused on six key areas—climate, clean energy, food, forests, water, and cities and transportation.[4] In 2014, Stephen M. Ross, an American real estate developer, gave the organization US$30.5 million to establish the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities.[5]


Some of the major initiatives of WRI include:

  • Aqueduct, an initiative to measure, map and understand water risks around the globe.[6]
  • The EMBARQ Network for sustainable urban transport and urban planning.[7]
  • Global Forest Watch, an online forest monitoring and alert system.[8]
  • World Resources Report, a collection of data and analysis on current environmental issues.[9] For example, the September 2005 edition of World Resources was titled "The Wealth of the Poor" and examined the role of ecosystem management in reducing rural poverty. The report is produced together with the World Bank, United Nations Environment Programme and United Nations Development Programme.


  1. ^ a b "About WRI". World Resources Institute. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  2. ^ Broder, John M. (March 14, 2012). "Climate Change Envoy to Lead Influential Institute". New York Times: Green Blog. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "James Gustave Speth". World Resources Institute. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Mission & Goals". World Resources Institute. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  5. ^ Pogrebin, Robin. "Developer Gives $30 Million to Establish City Planning Center". New York Times: ArtsBeat Blog. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  6. ^ Aqueduct initiative official page
  7. ^ EMBARQ official site
  8. ^ Global Forest Watch official site
  9. ^ World Resources Report official page

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