Working with over 30 partners, the World Resources Institute (WRI) has recently launched the Resource Watch. The platform provides a wide array of data sets on various sustainability topics, ranging from food security to urban climate challenges.
Resource Watch is a free tool with worldwide coverage that allows users to customize visualization and download data, as well as to interact with the sets by adding information to the maps. As the WRI has stated, Resource Watch was created in the face of two global challenges: a proliferation of data, and declining trust in institutions. In an era of information overflow, initiatives to increase transparency are greatly needed. In this sense, the variety of data and the user-friendly interface of the Resource Watch platform are a welcome addition to global sustainability community.