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WRI 2016 Funding Commitments

Donors who provided total contributions of $500,000 and higher in Fiscal Year 2016 (October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2016)

The text associated with each donor describes the major bodies of work supported and may represent multiple contributions.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway

Accelerate low emissions development in Indonesia through sustainable land-use management and improved forest governance.

United Nations Environment Program

Scale up of the Sustainable Energy for All Building Efficiency Accelerator; capacity building for developing countries to manage, deploy, and monitor Green Climate Fund financing; delivery of a food loss and waste prevention strategy in support of Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 to halve global food loss and waste by 2030; empowering decision makers in government, business, and civil society to use Global Forest Watch to reduce deforestation and land degradation, combat illegal activities, and conserve biodiversity; build the foundation for forest restoration at scale, with particular attention to finance, gender, community-based management and impact monitoring; and identify nationally-binding controls, standards, and compliance status for lead paint for countries known to have legal limits and for those that have not responded to a World Health Organization request for information.

Department for International Development of the UK

New Climate Economy work in Africa, with a focus on Cities, Industry, Gender, and Structural Transformations; scale up of forest transparency and accountability for good governance and market transformation for timber and forest-risk commodities; and research for the publication World Resources Report: Towards a More Equal City.

Royal Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment

New Climate Economy project research and dissemination of an evidence base of how economic growth and climate action can be achieved together; Global Forest Watch to increase private sector ambition and action to eliminate deforestation associated with major agricultural commodity supply chains; and activities to increase support and ambitious commitments to forest landscape restoration, reduction of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) actions in six priority countries.

The Children's Investment Fund Foundation

Realization of the “Transit Metropolis” development model in Chinese cities resulting in reduction of CO2 emissions, mitigation of air pollution and congestion, and substantially contributing to Beijing's goal of reducing vehicle emissions by 25% by 2017; providing Brazil with a non-car based model for urban design to prevent a trajectory of high carbon development; efforts to transform and scale up restoration efforts in Brazil by combining best practices in conservation and business acumen from commercial plantations; and analysis to inform decision-makers working across the sustainable development and climate agendas in the Addis Ababa and Paris climate conferences.

Stephen M. Ross Philanthropies

For the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities.

Federal Ministry for the Environment of Germany

Mobilization of forest and landscape restoration; and Initiative 20x20, a country-led effort to bring 20 million hectares of land in Latin America and the Caribbean into restoration by 2020.

Citi Foundation

Pilot business models needed to overcome institutional and financial barriers that limit new sources of clean energy in China; and development and scaling up of sustainable urban solutions which support positive environmental impacts and economic growth in cities.

USAID Democratic Republic of Congo

Capacity building to monitor forest cover change, biodiversity protection, and policy implementation to maintain the humid forest ecosystem of the Congo Basin.

Caterpillar Foundation

Advance the progress of sustainable and livable cities in China, India, and Brazil.

U.S. Department of State

Increase investment in and deployment of renewable energy by addressing and resolving key barriers in the policy and finance sectors.


Promotion of high-quality sustainable urban mobility to increase the use of public transport.

The Tilia Fund

Forest Legality Alliance, Resource Watch, and general support for WRI's Climate Program.

Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands

Champions 12.3, an initiative to inspire ambition, mobilize action, and accelerate progress towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal Target 12.3.

US Agency for International Development

Global Forest Watch; to reduce global demand for illegally harvested wood through promotion of good governance and biodiversity conversation, and to strengthen the ability of forest product supply chains to prevent illegally harvested wood from entering the market in forest-rich countries.

Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany

The NDC Partnership, a global initiative to help countries achieve their nationally determined contributions (NDCs) or national climate commitments; and to enhance cooperation among countries and non-state actors to support successful implementation of NDCs and related Sustainable Development Goal commitments.

Shell Foundation

Engagement of cities in Mexico, India, Brazil, Turkey, and China to explore ways to improve accessibility and mass transit.

Bloomberg Philanthropies

India’s Smart Cities mission, an ambitious urban development agenda to improve quality of life in 109 of the fastest growing urban centers through the 100 Cities Challenge implemented by the Ministry of Urban Development.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

General support for WRI's Climate Program.

The Nature Conservancy

Scale up natural infrastructure investments for source water protection in Brazil; for the first phase of the Natural Climate Solutions Initiative: Transforming Land Use to Combat Climate Change; and development of a publication on the global distribution and value of coral reef tourism.

Energy Agency of Sweden

Development of finance and energy-related research for the 2016 New Climate Economy Report; for incorporating partner institutions' inputs into the NCE country programs and special initiatives; and for the China-India Dialogue.

ClimateWorks Foundation

The Electricity Governance Initiative; establishment of a corporate GHG measurement and reporting program for businesses; research on implementing Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs); an analysis of public financing of international energy projects; analysis and implementation activities of the Paris Agreement on climate change; strategic support for the Climate Briefing Service; and for a workshop at the Overseas Development Institute.  

C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group

Assistance for C40 cities in China to measure and develop an inventory for their city-wide GHG emissions, set reduction targets, and build organizational capacity and processes to develop robust climate action plans.


General support of WRI's Climate Program.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark

For the NDC Partnership, a global initiative to help countries achieve their nationally determined contributions (NDCs) or national climate commitments.

Verified Carbon Standard

Facilitates and incentivizes the design, implementation, and scaling up of policies and actions that generate significant and measurable greenhouse gas and sustainable development benefits; and to support credible, consistent, and comparible measurement, reporting, and verification for national and subnational climate change policies and actions.

Cargill, Inc.

Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas, Global Forest Watch, and for Corporate Consultative Group membership.

Agency for Development Cooperation of Norway

New Climate Economy's Efficiency, Innovation and Low Carbon Growth project.

UPS Foundation

Greenhouse Gas Protocol; and the development of principles for the sustainable use of renewable natural gas.

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

WRI's US Climate Initiative; and reduction of coal production in Western China by leveraging water resources as a limiting factor.

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Capacity building for worldwide sustainable resource management.


Analysis on the costs and benefits of watershed investment alternatives and restoration projects in Latin America.



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