GAIN Index 2012 Reveals How the Financial Crisis Has Impacted Rich and Poor Alike, Unveiling October 15 at Princeton University

index with cutlineThe Global Adaptation Institute (GAIN) will launch its annual resilience index – the GAIN Index – at Princeton University on October 15.

The financial crisis, the increase in food prices and the lack of new jobs being created around the world will negatively impact people’s ability to take destiny in their hands for the foreseeable future. However, new poles of growth and a renewed interest to accelerate reforms can enable the environment for some countries to lead the way.

The GAIN Index is a navigation tool for the private and public sector that assesses 50 indicators in 192 countries for 16 years on the vulnerability and readiness fronts. Vulnerability measures a country’s resilience to the global challenges of urbanization, population shifts, climate change and more. Readiness is a country’s overall preparedness to absorb investments needed to adapt to global challenges.

“Never has there been a tool that measures both readiness and vulnerability side-by-side,” said Founding CEO Dr. Juan José Daboub. “By doing this, we are able to zoom-in on success stories, as well as areas of improvement. The GAIN Index in its second release is better than before because it captures new data and incorporates several new countries. We are eager to unveil the findings at Princeton.”

cotton farmerThe 2012 annual index update includes two new indicators: ecosystem services and urbanization. This was an important addition recommended during the GAIN Index 2012 Open Consultation process. GAIN’s Council of Scientific Advisors, as well as private sector partners working in the sectors of water, food & agriculture, energy and coastal protection were primary participants in this process, which was also open to the public.

“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 and nutrient cycling,” said Dr. Ian Noble, Chief Scientist. “Understanding urbanization is key to effective adaptation as many of the challenges humanity faces from population shifts and climate change will take place in cities and towns we inhabit.”

To schedule an interview with one of the GAIN Index 2012 team members prior to the launch and request additional information, please contact Jamie Carson, Director of Communications, at jcarson@gain.org or 202-559-4549.