Nature Conservancy’s Lowenstein: “There isn’t anything else out there like the GAIN Index”

The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) Frank Lowenstein has used the GAIN Index, appreciates the work of the Global Adaptation Institute (GAIN) and plans to continue using the open-source tool in TNC’s future adaptation and risk reduction work. 

GAIN Index 2012, which will be unveiled October 15 at Princeton University, guides investments in the urgent need to adapt to urbanization, populations shifts, resource scarcity, climate change and other global challenges. GAIN Index 2011 analyzed data in four key areas – water, food & agriculture, health and infrastructure. Based on input from scientific advisors and private sector users, GAIN has expanded the Index to include new measures of vulnerability relating to human habitats and the services we receive from ecosystems.

WOPA120315_D023Frank Lowenstein, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) Climate Adaptation Strategy Leader, and his team were introduced to the GAIN Index by colleagues.

"TNC is engaged in business planning for climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction across the 30+ countries and all 50 U.S. States that we work in,” Lowenstein said. “There isn’t anything else out there like the GAIN Index that utilizes credible data to measure indicators in the vulnerability and readiness sectors. We value the work of this NGO and are looking forward to future developments which can grow its utility across markets, industries and more.”

Overall, the index tracks 50 indicators from 1995 to the present. For the first time since 1995, the GAIN Index averages across all countries fell slightly, partly as a result of the financial crisis. Nevertheless, 128 countries of the 176 included in the Index increased in their GAIN Index score and half improved in both the readiness and vulnerability indicators.

“Those who have used the GAIN Index understand the value of having a tool that not only provides data from the past 16 years, but also shows countries’ relative change over this timespan,” said GAIN Chief Scientist Dr. Ian Noble. “More mini-tools within the Index have already been suggested by the private sector and are in development.”

GAIN, besides offering the GAIN Index as an open-source tool, also helps better prepare businesses to adapt by highlighting best practices through the GAIN Prize and GAIN Knowledge.

The Global Adaptation Institute (GAIN) has been flagged to several examples of how the GAIN Index is of value to organizations in the private and public sector for resilience planning and more. To learn about the organizations using the GAIN Index visit and read more about this year’s annual update HERE.  

Photo courtesy of The Nature Conservancy.