WASHINGTON, Aug. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Global Adaptation Institute (GAIN) will host an international Open Consultation process before release of the 2012 GAIN Index in October. This consultation reflects GAIN's commitment to updating the index each year to incorporate new or revised data and advice on methodological, design and communications improvements.
The GAIN Index (index.gain.org) is a navigation tool to help guide investments in adaptation and assess a country's vulnerability and readiness to adapt to global challenges such as population growth, urbanization and climate change.
"Since release of the GAIN Index one year ago, we have presented it in six continents and to dozens of business leaders, think tanks, government agencies and academic institutions, said GAIN Founding CEO Dr. Juan Jose Daboub. "The response has been overwhelmingly positive and along the way GAIN has gladly accepted suggestions to enhance the power of the index."
Such improvements under consideration include incorporating indicators for ecosystem services and urbanization. Ecosystem services are the multitude of ecological processes that humans rely upon to support their lives and livelihoods, providing food and clean water, natural disaster protection, climate regulation and nutrient cycling. Understanding urban trends and conditions is key to effective adaptation as many of the challenges humanity faces from population growth and climate change will take place in cities.
"The Institute highly values the viewpoints and concerns of all stakeholders," said Dr. Bruno Sanchez-Andrade Nuno GAIN Directors of Science & Technology. "We will consider every suggestion received and constructive ideas will be incorporated into the GAIN Index."
The open consultation process will begin August 25, 2012. Please visit gain.org in the coming weeks for information on submitting comments or contact Dr. Sanchez at [email protected].
The Global Adaptation Institute (GAIN) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization guided by a vision of building resilience to climate change and other global forces as a key component to sustainable development.
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SOURCE Global Adaptation Institute