WRI Has Adopted a Strategic Plan For 2008-2012
to steer our work at this crucial time in human history. The
issues we focus upon—climate change, ecosystem protection,
environmental governance, green markets, and sustainable
transportation—have become ever more urgent. Yet, in the
United States and around the world, the response of governments
and key institutions has lagged.
The urgent challenge for WRI is to help trigger the transformative
changes required to solve these environmental crises within
the short timeframe that scientists say the world must act.
New Frontiers: Focus on China, India, Brazil
To this end, under our five-year plan, we will: focus more rigorously
on results; expand our presence in key emerging countries;
emphasize communications to expand our reach and impact; and
increase synergy and innovation among our programs.
Most importantly, after 25 years based solely in Washington,
D.C., by 2012 WRI will establish a full-time presence in three
key emerging countries—China, India, and Brazil.
These economies are already among the ten greatest emitters
of greenhouse gases, and it is imperative that WRI maximize
our efforts within their borders. Our first overseas office, in
Beijing, opened in 2008. Both China’s government and private
sector have welcomed WRI’s objective, analytical, and
Proven Approach: Managing For Results
In implementing our strategic plan, WRI will build on our
strong focus on results. We define these as significant actions
taken as a consequence of our activities and influence, by government
agencies, corporations, policy-makers, scientists, or
civil society. Our results or “outcomes” are generated through
a highly focused system of clear goals and 3–5 year strategic
objectives. Many are achieved in collaboration with WRI’s
more than 400 partner organizations around the world.
Our View Of A Sustainable World
To inform our strategic plan, WRI conducted a comprehensive analysis of key global
trends affecting our work. This has led us to strengthen our focus on avoiding a climate
catastrophe and reversing the accelerating degradation of ecosystems and their
life-sustaining goods and services. It also identified the following paths to work toward
Taking advantage of the new multipolar world with its diverse centers of political
and economic power.
Engaging with an expanding global middle class, especially in Asia, whose decisions
will shape our world’s future, while responding to the challenges of globalization
including unprecedented consumption and widening inequality.
Responding to the impacts of an increasingly urban world on the natural
Promoting convergence of new technologies for a sustainable, low-carbon world.