ND-GAIN Index Infographics

COP21: Success for Adaptation >> View PDF

Paris Agreement takeaways reflect Univeristy of Notre Dame's climate assets

The Paris Agreement is an historic turning point in global action on climate change. The deal, signed by 195 countries spells out goals for universal greenhouse gas emission reductions, climate adaptation and financing for poor countries. 

Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index is key to the success of the Agreement, providing knowledge, products and services for all of the signatories and other private sector and development actors working to achieve adaptation and resilience goals. 


The Biggest Movers >> View PDF

Relating climate adaptation to stability and development 

Over the last five years, the countries that have made the biggest jump on the ND-GAIN Index to become better climate adaptors shared improvement in their economies and adaptive capacities. The countries that declined the most over the same period primarily shared increases in corruption, political instability and violence.

Comparing ND-GAIN to the Fragile States Index (FSI) reveals more of the story, including some interesting subtleties highlighted here. 

Disproportionate Risk >> View PDF

The world through the lens of climate change vulnerability and readiness. Here, the 175 countries included in the ND-GAIN Index are redrawn as circles. The size of a circle is proportional to that country’s vulnerability score, while the color encodes its readiness to accept adaptation investment. Many countries in Africa and Asia exhibit the dangerous combination of high vulnerabilty and low readiness.



Readiness Upgrades >> View PDF

Examining a six year trend, a number of vulnerable countries have made great strides in readiness. Their positions on the ND-GAIN Matrix in 2013, compared to 2008, demonstrate the improvements possible with smart investment.

The ND-GAIN Matrix illustrates the comparative resilience of countries to climate. The vertical axis shows the vulnerability score and the horizontal axis shows the readiness score. Countries in the red quadrant have a high vulnerability to climatic change, and a low level of readiness. Countries in both red and blue quadrants are a priority for investment. As a country improves its readiness (moving left to right across the matrix), it increases its ability to accept adaptation investment to address the urgent need for action.


Relative Resilience Around the Globe


ND-GAIN analysis indicates it will take world’s poorest countries more than one century to reach the level of climate change resilience of the richest countries, at current rates. The data show that the ND-GAIN Index is more than just a ranking of countries, rather it can clearly help decision-makers determine global, regional and national priorities.