ESG Data Guide 2024

World Resources Institute - Resource Watch

Data category

  • Environmental data
  • Social data
  • Geospatial Data; Near Real-Time Data

The data offers solutions for:

  • Carbon footprinting
  • Environmental impact analysis and insight

Who are the data users?

  • Corporates
  • Financial institutions
  • Government
  • Investors
  • Trustees

Brief description of the data offering

Resource Watch is an open data visualisation platform from the World Resources Institute that hosts over 300 trusted and timely data sets covering from climate change to poverty, water risk to state instability, air pollution to human migration, and more.

Resource Watch includes a wide range of environmental and socioeconomic data, allowing the user to discover and overlay data on different topics, enabling cross-analysis on related topics.

Resource Watch hosts and visualises both data updated annually and near real-time data across topics, allowing users to explore specific areas or intersectional issues such as emissions and air quality.

The platform hosts thematic dashboards that provide insights on several topics, including Ocean Watch, which provides the data and information policymakers need to make better-informed decisions about sustainable ocean management. Resource Watch includes a blog that constantly updates with data-driven stories from around the world. Subscribe to the newsletter to receive monthly updates.

While Resource Watch excels as a cross-domain platform, you can find other WRI topic-specific data platforms and more in the App Gallery.

Where and how do you source your data?

The data on Resource Watch comes from various sources, including governments, intergovernmental organisations, research institutions, and scientific publications. It has a rigorous data collection process guided by WRI’s independent, nonpartisan experts. Data on Resource Watch must come from established sources and be peer-reviewed or based on a transparent established methodology. Learn more about the curation process in the Resource Watch Data Policy.

What is the cost for your data offering?

No cost. Resource Watch data are free and open to use for any user’s analysis as long as use complies with the licensing and restrictions of the source data providers. Users can access links to download data and find information on the licensing of the data from the data set detail pages.