A briefing event in connection with the release of the World Resources Report 2008 Roots of Resilience: Growing the Wealth of the Poor was held on 11 November 2008 at the Engebret Cafe in Oslo. Jointly organized by GRID-Arendal and the World Resources Institute, the event aimed at raising awareness about the report and its contents and to create a forum to debate and respond to the issues addressed in the report.
World Resources Report 2008 describes a path for how sustainable, nature-based enterprises can help the world’s rural poor escape the cycle of poverty and gain greater control over their lives and their environment. The Report presents examples where well-designed community-based sustainable enterprises lead to economic growth and the well-being of communities while restoring and enhancing the natural resources that generate income. Ultimately, these programmes can make communities more resilient to climate change and the other economic, social, environmental challenges they will face. The Report also describes a number of conditions that support nature-based enterprises and a country’s capacity to scale up and have a greater impact on addressing the problems of poverty and ecosystem degradation.
Today, 2.6 billion people live on less than $2 a day and about 75 percent of them live in rural areas and are dependent on natural resources for some or all of their subsistence. The rural poor face even tougher challenges ahead as climate change threatens to destroy the ecosystems and natural resources on which they depend.
The World Resources Report is the work of a continuing partnership between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Bank and the World Resources Institute. GRID-Arendal has been involved in this work, both through its direct contributions of materials as well as support of outreach efforts to ensure that the findings of the report reach broad and appropriate audiences.
Full report: Available at www.wri.org
Press Release: Launch of the report in Barcelona
Press Release: Launch of the report in Oslo (in Norwegian)
| PDF Download Journalists guide to the report (2 mb)
| PDF Download Oslo Briefing/Press Conference programme (330 kb)