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Name World Resources Institute
Geographic Scope Global
Subject Focus/Expertise Sustainable environment and human development
Contact 10 G Street NE Suite 800
Washington, DC 20002, USA
Telephone:tel: +1 202-729-7600
Fax:+1 202-729-7610
URL: http://www.wri.org/

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The World Resources Institute (WRI) was launched in 1982, with the aim of putting environmental issues on the international agenda. It is an environmental think tank that goes beyond research to find practical ways to protect the earth and improve people’s lives. Because people are inspired by ideas, empowered by knowledge, and moved to change by greater understanding, WRI provides—and helps other institutions provide—objective information and practical proposals for policy and institutional change that will foster environmentally sound, socially equitable development.

WRI organizes its work around four key programmatic goals:

  • People & Ecosystems - Reverse rapid degradation of ecosystems and assure their capacity to provide humans with needed goods and services.
  • Governance - Empower people and support institutions to foster environmentally sound and socially equitable decision-making.
  • Climate Protection - Protect the global climate system from further harm due to emissions of greenhouse gases and help humanity and the natural world adapt to unavoidable climate change.
  • Markets & Enterprise - Harness markets and enterprise to expand economic opportunity and protect the environment.

The mission of the World Resource Institute 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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Selected Publications

  • Watering Scarcity:Private Investment Opportunities in Agricultural Water Use Efficiency (Nov 2008) - In many regions around the world, demand for freshwater now outstrips renewable supplies. Water scarcity is projected to worsen considerably due to a combination of factors such as population increase, higher incomes and changing lifetsyles, pollution and climate change. Agriculture is by far the biggest water user, accounting for more than 70% of global withdrawals. With booming industrial and domestic demands for water, especially in fast-growing emerging economies, the competition for finite water resources is intensifying.
  • Seizing the Moment:WRI's 5year Strategic Plan (Nov 2008) - WRI was created just over 25 years ago with the goal of putting environmental issues on the international agenda. That foresight was informed by an understanding that the very nature of such emerging global issues required time… time to be understood by world leaders; time for the public to become engaged; time for science and technology to respond; time for policies to be changed and adopted; and time for change.
  • Watching water:A guide to evaluating corporate risks in a thirsty world (March 2008) - A scarcity of clean, fresh water presents increasing risks to companies in many countries and many economic sectors. These risks are difficult for investors to assess, due both to poor information about the underlying supply conditions and to fragmentary or inadequate reporting by individual companies. As a result, market prices of securities are unlikely to accurately reflect the potential costs of water-related problems. In this report, JPMorgan Global Environmental, Social, and Governance Research offers investors a framework for evaluating the impact of water scarcity and water pollution on individual sectors and companies. This is the first of a series of reports on transformational issues that we expect to offer investor clients and corporate managements over the course of 2008. This report draws on the expertise of the World Resources Institute, which has helped us provide an overview of the issues from a global perspective.

Click Here for all World Resources Institute publications.

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