Environment and Natural Resources
(See also Global Practices; Environmental and Social Sustainability.) One of 14 new World Bank Group Global Practices, Environment and Natural Resources ensures that the conservation and sustainable use of
The Integrated Coastal Zone Management Project balances development with the protection of vulnerable ecosystems in India. By June 2013, more than 9,000 hectares of mangroves had been planted, aerial photography of 78,000 square kilometers completed, and more than 100,000 sea turtles protected. © World Bank / Ray Witlin (photographer). Permission required for reuse.
the environment leads to sustainable growth, helping to lift people permanently out of poverty.
World Bank Group and Environment and Natural Resources
The World Bank Group's Environment Strategy for fiscal 2012-22 articulates a vision for a "Green, Clean, and Resilient World for All" and prioritizes scaled-up action in a number of key areas.
The green agenda focuses on supporting healthy, productive landscapes that nurture long-term growth, improve livelihoods, and sustain life:
• Enhancing countries' decision making through the Wealth Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services global partnership, which supports valuing countries' natural capital assets and incorporating them into their systems of national accounts
• Finding ways to restore the world's oceans to health and economic productivity through working with a broad coalition of governments, international agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and private companies through the Global Partnership for Oceans
• Testing the market's willingness to encourage integrated landscapes and protect critical habitats while also providing carbon storage benefits through continuing innovative work on forests and land use linked to the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation program
Under the clean agenda, the focus is on providing continued support to countries to find low-pollution and low-emission development paths through:
• Supporting countries on river cleanup and legacy pollution issues
• Improving energy efficiency, encouraging a shift to renewable energies, finding climate-smart agricultural solutions, and building cleaner, lower-carbon cities
• Scaling up use of cleaner stoves to help reduce indoor air pollution
• Supporting South-South exchange on best practice for managing pollution
The resilience agenda aims to reduce vulnerability to climate risks through helping countries find climate change adaptation solutions, such as better coastal zone management; minimizing loss of life and structural damage from natural disasters; and improving the resilience of small island and developing states.