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About WRI India

WRI India, an independent charity legally registered as the India Resources Trust, provides objective information and practical proposals to foster environmentally sound and socially equitable development. Our work focuses on building sustainable and liveable cities and working towards a low carbon economy. Through research, analysis, and recommendations, WRI India puts ideas into action to build transformative solutions to protect the earth, promote livelihoods, and enhance human well-being.

We are inspired by and associated with World Resources Institute (WRI), a global research organisation with more than 1,000 experts and other staff around the world. World Resources Institute began in Washington, DC, in 1982 to provide cutting edge analysis to address global environment and development challenges. WRI spans more than 60 countries, with offices in Brazil, China, Europe, Mexico, India, Indonesia, and the United States. In all of these locations, WRI works with government, business, and civil society to drive ambitious action based on high-quality data and objective analysis.

The India Resources Trust has a license from WRI to use the trademark “WRI India”.


With the world’s largest population, India faces crucial economic and development decisions over the coming decades with significant implications for people and the environment. India aspires to achieve equitable economic development and sustainable livelihood opportunities for its 1.42 billion citizens. Yet, these goals are challenged by a slowing economy, energy insecurity, urban sprawl, water risks, food shortages, ecosystem degradation, and growing inequality. Natural resources are at the foundation of economic opportunity and human well-being. But today, the depletion of resources at a rate that is not sustainable endangers the economy and people’s lives.

WRI India will look to provide thought leadership, driven by evidence-based research and innovative, scalable and implementable solutions for sustainable resource use toward low-impact and balanced development.


We envision an equitable and prosperous planet driven by the wise management of natural resources. We aspire to create a world where the actions of government, business, and communities combine to eliminate poverty and sustain the natural environment for all people.

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