Let’s build a more sustainable world together.

We couldn’t do this on our own. Resource Watch is a global partnership of public, private, and civil society organizations convened by World Resources Institute to provide trusted and timely data for a sustainable future.

Founding partners

Astro Digital is a global imaging and analysis company that develops a platform for fast and easy access to satellite imagery for agriculture.

CARTO is a cloud computing platform that provides GIS and web mapping tools for display and analysis in a web browser. CARTO is the platform that turns location data into more efficient delivery routes, better behavioral marketing, strategic store placements and more.

Descartes Labs has created a cloud-based supercomputing platform for the application of machine intelligence to massive data sets of satellite imagery and sensor information captured from all over the globe.

DigitalGlobe is the world’s leading provider of high-resolution Earth imagery, data and analysis.

To make the best decisions on a planet of accelerating change and increasing environmental risk, people need the insights big environmental data can provide. The Earth Genome is an environmental data analytics organization that can provide those insights — with pinpoint relevance to planning and the bottom line.

Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation was a global interdisciplinary research program focused on better understanding how ecosystems function and how the services that they provide support or undermine efforts to alleviate poverty.

The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data is an open, independent, multi-stakeholder network composed of more than 250 data champions representing the full range of data producers and users from around the world, including governments, companies, civil society groups, international organizations, academic institutions, foundations, statistics agencies, and other data communities.

Google is an information company with a goal to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.

NERC is the UK's main agency for funding and managing research, training and knowledge exchange in the environmental sciences. Their work covers the full range of atmospheric, Earth, biological, terrestrial and aquatic science, from the deep oceans to the upper atmosphere and from the poles to the equator.

The University of Maryland Department of Geographical Sciences has partnered on many projects focused on mapping land cover change at regional, continental and global scales. These maps enable better informed approaches to natural resource management, including deforestation and biodiversity monitoring, and can be used as inputs to carbon, climate and hydrological modeling.

On the ground in about 170 countries and territories, the United Nations Development Program works to eradicate poverty while protecting the planet. They help countries develop strong policies, skills, partnerships and institutions so they can sustain their progress.

The University of Edinburgh's Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation Programme and the School of Geosciences work with partner organizations to investigate the forces and factors that shape our world and the environments in which we live.

Great user experiences for stories that matter. Vizzuality is trusted by the world’s most important organisations to create unique tools and applications with a lasting benefit to society and the environment.

The World Resources Institute is an independent, non-governmental global research organization which seeks to create equity and prosperity through sustainable natural resource management.

Research Into Results' (RIR) principal activity is the delivery of research and project management services in the area of international development. This specifically includes assisting projects and funders to enhance impact from academic research.

Radiant Earth Foundation is a non-profit organization, connecting people globally to Earth imagery, geospatial data, tools and knowledge to meet the world’s most critical challenges.

OpenAQ fights air inequality through community and open data. The open-source platform aggregates real-time air quality data from public sources from more than 7800 stations in 61 countries.

The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies transforms global challenges of today into solutions for tomorrow.

Climate Central’s Program on Sea Level Rise provides information about sea level rise and coastal flood hazards both locally and globally, today and tomorrow.

The Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve organization is a citizens’ initiative dedicated to the conservation of the region’s biodiversity, tied to socioeconomic development for the wellbeing of its peoples.

The Vienna University of Economics and Business' Institute for Ecological Economics is a leading institution for ecological economic research, teaching, learning, knowledge exchange, and community engagement.

The Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme at the University of Oxford Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment is a multidisciplinary research centre working to be the world's best place for research and teaching on sustainable finance and investment.

Eye on Earth is the convergence of a series of initiatives by several organizations that collectively address the global challenge of increasing access to information and improving decision making to support sustainable development.

The Crowther Lab at ETH-Zürich seeks to address global climate change and biodiversity loss through an ecologically-informed knowledge of Earth system dynamics.

ISRIC - World Soil Information is an independent, science-based foundation. ISRIC has a mission to serve the international community with information about the world’s soil resources to help addressing major global issues.

The Global Environment Facility is an international partnership of 183 countries, international institutions, civil society organizations and the private sector that addresses global environmental issues.

Mars, Inc. is a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love.

The Asset-level Data Initiative is a new non-commercial research-based initiative to support the bringing together of existing asset-level data with new sources of data.

The Partnership for Resilience and Preparedness empowers communities, governments and businesses around the world to build resilience to climate change by improving access to data, creating best-in-class tools and helping decision-makers and practitioners navigate the increasingly complex resilience planning landscape.

The Regional Initiative for Hydrological Monitoring of Andean Ecosystems (iMHEA) is a partnership of academic and non‐governmental institutions who pioneered participatory hydrological monitoring of Andean ecosystems. The network aims to improve management of water resources and ecosystem services, the effectiveness of watershed interventions, and to support sustainable development in the Andean region.

The Community Robotics, Education and Technology Empowerment Lab (CREATE Lab) explores socially meaningful innovation and deployment of robotic technologies.

Bloomberg, the global business and financial information and news leader, gives influential decision makers a critical edge by connecting them to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas. The company’s strength – delivering data, news and analytics through innovative technology, quickly and accurately – is at the core of the Bloomberg Terminal.

Institute on the Environment (IonE) leads the way toward a future in which people and the environment prosper together through innovative research.

National Geographic Society is a nonprofit scientific and educational organization that pushes the boundaries of exploration to further our understanding of our planet and empower us all to generate solutions for a more sustainable future.

The Group on Earth Observations is an intergovernmental organization working to improve the availability, access and use of Earth observations for the benefit of society.

Global Fishing Watch is an independent, international non-profit organization working to promote ocean sustainability through greater transparency. We use cutting-edge technology to visualize, track and share data about global fishing activity in near real-time and for free.

NAAEE promotes excellence in environmental education throughout North America and the world. They are dedicated to strengthening the field of environmental education and increasing the visibility and efficacy of the profession.

FMO, the Dutch development bank, invests in over 85 countries to support jobs and income generation in order to improve people’s lives in the parts of the world where they can make the biggest difference.

Anchor funders

DOB Ecology is working towards a healthy planet where ecosystems and people thrive.


Danida is responsible for the planning, implementation and quality assurance of Denmark’s development cooperation, which aims to combat fighting poverty through promotion of human rights and economic growth.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands works to promote Dutch values around the world. The embassies, consulates and permanent representations in around 150 countries function as political antennae and voices abroad.

The Tilia Fund is a partnership of private donors interested in solving the world's environmental problems. Their primary mission is to reduce the threat of global climate change, advance energy efficiency and renewable energy, reduce reliance on coal, and protect the world’s forests.

The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida, is a government agency working on behalf of the Swedish parliament and government to reduce poverty around the world.

Good Energies Foundation is a Swiss-based private foundation that seeks to prevent climate change and mitigate its harm, particularly for those living in poverty.

The Patrick J. McGovern Foundation supports innovation in information technology and neuroscience to improve the quality of life on Earth. Through investment in pioneering research, the foundation seeks to uphold Patrick McGovern's legacy as a visionary, trailblazer, forward-thinker, and philanthropist.

Data providers

The following data providers have been active in helping us access and interpret data that would otherwise not be available on Resource Watch. We also thank the many governments and institutions, not listed here, that have made their data widely open and accessible.

For over 80 years, Vaisala's technology has guided decision-making in weather-critical industries.

About the partnership

Partners support Resource Watch by

  • Providing technical resources such as storage, computing, and technical expertise,
  • Contributing data and insights on what’s happening around the world and how data can be used to drive action,
  • Guiding system design to ensure Resource Watch is useful to a wide variety of users,
  • Supporting the use of Resource Watch in specific communities who can utilize the data to advance a more sustainable future,
  • Building on Resource Watch to create custom products and applications, and
  • Providing financial support to enable Resource Watch to stay up to date and provide free information to people around the globe.