The Global Adaptation Institute (GAI) recently wrapped up its annual meeting in Washington DC, where it announced its progress toward the development of GAIN - a Global Adaptation INdex, which apparently will provide a metric of a) the vulnerability of a country to the effects of climate change and other global forces and b) the readiness of a country to successfully implement Adaptation solutions. According to GAI, GAIN will be the principle vehicle by which GAI will prioritize adaptation projects for funding. I'm eager to hear more, as it's hard for me to imagine how a national index can be put to effective use in prioritizing adaptation projects across the developing world. In fact, I'm pretty sure any number of reasonably intelligent folks have explictly recommended against this type of thing. . .