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World Resources Institute - Finance

Securing a sustainable, climate-resilient future will require significant investment. For example, research shows that by 2020, the world will need to invest $5.7 trillion annually in green infrastructure like clean water, sustainable transport, and renewable energy in order to prevent climate change’s worst effects. At the same time, many of the world’s current investments support environmentally and socially degrading projects. Ensuring human well-being will require investing in initiatives that provide social, environmental, and economic benefits. WRI works to shift the world’s financial flows to support sustainable development. We engage the public and private sectors to scale up investments in low-carbon, socially beneficial projects—particularly in the developing world. WRI’s research identifies ways to mobilize private and public finance for projects such as clean energy development and climate adaptation initiatives. We provide policy recommendations for national and local governments to attract these investments. Our guidance helps institutions incorporate environmental and social protections into their investment policies. We track and evaluate the impact of climate finance and sustainable development investments. And we bring together stakeholders from finance ministries, green finance groups, civil society, and the private sector to share knowledge and best practices.