IUCN Members in top global rankings for environmental think tanks

IUCN congratulates three of its Member organizations that have been ranked in the world’s top 10 environmental think tanks in the 2010 Global "Go-To Think Tank Index" of the University of Pennsylvania.

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The World Resources Institute (WRI) topped the rankings with the Worldwatch Institute (WWI) listed third and the Ecologic Institute ranking in sixth place.

Since its launch in 2006, the annual “Global Go-To Think Tank Rankings” report has become an authoritative source of the top public policy research institutes in the world. The 2010 rankings were based on a worldwide survey of 1,500 scholars, journalists, policy makers and peers from approximately 120 countries. Close to 7,000 think tanks were nominated and ranked.

“The purpose of the rankings is to highlight the important work that think tanks perform for governments and civil societies around the world, often in dangerous and difficult conditions”, said Professor James McGann of the University's Think Tanks and Civil Societies Programme, who tabulated the global ranking.

About our Members:

World Resources Institute (WRI)
A Member of IUCN since 1983, US-based WRI is an independent centre for policy research and technical assistance on global environmental and development issues. Its mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth`s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations.

Worldwatch Institute (WWI)
The Worldwatch Institute is an independent research organization recognized by opinion leaders around the world for its accessible, fact-based analysis of critical global issues. Its mission is to generate and promote insights and ideas that empower decision makers to build an ecologically sustainable society that meets human needs. WWI has been a Member of IUCN since 2006 and is also based in the US.

Ecologic Institute
Ecologic Institute is a private not-for-profit think tank for applied environmental research, policy analysis and consultancy, with offices in Berlin, Brussels, Vienna, and Washington DC. An independent, non-partisan body, the Ecologic Institute is dedicated to bringing fresh ideas to environmental policies and sustainable development. It covers the entire spectrum of environmental issues, including the integration of environmental concerns into other policy fields. Ecologic Institute has been a Member of IUCN since 2004.

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