With Fiji presiding over this COP, discussions were expected to focus on adaptation—the question of how we deal with climate impacts—even before a summer of storms rocked South Asia and the Caribbean. Climate Resilience Practice director Christina Chan explains what to expect from discussion of adaptation at COP.
Better data on land tenure would help Paraguayan beef exporters reach higher-value markets while protecting Indigenous Peoples from deforestation that threatens their way of living.
Tundu Lissu, a leading opposition member of the Tanzanian parliament and a former colleague who worked on community land rights, was injured in what may have been political violence. Peter Veit, who has known Lissu for decades, writes about his friend and the risks he ran by making a difference.
Irma is the latest in a series of devastating hurricanes in the Caribbean. Though many countries and territories have prioritized disaster risk management, extreme storms like this one can set vulnerable communities back for years.
Despite years of requests, Javanese villagers can't get the government to tell them the facts about their polluted river. Meanwhile, their fishing catches―and income―continue to decline.
The gold rush in Mongolia has left a toxic aftermath: contaminants from the mining process have leached into the water that poor communities rely on for drinking, bathing and raising livestock. Residents need the government to tell them if the water is safe to use.
Communities near a toxic hot spot in Thailand want the government to tell them what's in their water. Despite the country's strong "right to know" laws, they aren't getting the answers they need.
Returning to WRI as a Distinguished Senior Fellow on forest and governance issues, Frances Seymour reflects on the impact of technology and international efforts to turn the tide on deforestation.
U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement offers opportunities for India and China to lead on international climate action, but global progress is not yet matched by comparable leadership on domestic environmental policies in these two countries.
National policies encouraging women's political participation lack implementation guidelines they need to have effect.
Improving transparency of concessions data—the who, what, when and where of commercial activities that drive over 60% of global deforestation—is critical to preventing forest loss.
Amid corruption scandals, Brazil appears to be backsliding on commitments to secure indigenous land tenure.
Science has never been quite so threatened in the United States. That's why this weekend's March for Science—and the actions that follow—are so important.
The upcoming March for Science is an opportunity to push for evidence-based solutions. But real change comes not from placard-waving, but from the tireless, low-profile actions we each take every day at work, in town hall meetings and in our homes.
This paper seeks to understand how to build an inclusive TOD (transit-oriented development) by incorporating governance principles of clear institutional arrangements, policy alignment, public participation, and transparency and accountability into the implementation of TOD.
WRI Executive Vice President and Managing Director Manish Bapna addressed the Open Government Partnership Global Summit in Paris to set out the challenges facing world leaders and civil society advocates and the role open government must play in solving them.
The World Resources Report (WRR) examines if prioritizing access to core urban services, we can create cities that are prosperous and sustainable for all people. This first installment of the WRR developed a new categorization of cities into emerging, struggling, thriving, and stabilizing cities. It focuses on solutions for struggling and emerging cities—over half the cities included in the analysis—because they have the greatest opportunity to alter their development trajectory.
In the lead up to the Open Government Partnership Paris Summit, this event will bring together climate, open data, and open government civil society to expand new spaces for action and build momentum around implementation of the Paris Agreement. The OGP Summit provides an exciting opportunity to foster dialogue between governments and civil society and translate climate goals into tangible and ambitious commitments.
WRI's Executive Vice President and Managing Director Manish Bapna, who is also Co-Chair of the Open Government Partnership, address the United Nations General Assembly, setting out three priorities for the Partnership in the coming year.
The 2015 Paris Agreement has given a new impulse for the implementation of REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) programs.