With a population of more than 1.2 billion, India is the world’s largest democracy. Over the past decade, the country’s integration into the global economy has been accompanied by economic growth. India has now emerged as a global player.
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The World Bank Group-Global Environment Facility (GEF) Program is one of the institution’s largest and longest standing trust-funded programs. Since 1991, when the World Bank helped to establish the GEF,... Show More + it has integrated global environmental benefits across the Bank programs through more than 790 investment projects and programs in 120 countries (pdf) spanning every region of the world.GEF grants directly support actions to combat major environmental issues such as climate change, loss of biodiversity, polluted international waters, land degradation and desertification, and persistent organic pollutants, as well as stimulate green growth. The World Bank Group program has collectively channeled over $4.8 billion (representing 38 percent of total GEF funding disbursed) in GEF grants to the private sector, NGOs, and client countries over the past two decades, and stands out among for its sustained track record in helping design and support implementation of innovative and tailored s Show Less -
Bank Group ContributionOver the past decade, the Bank (IBRD/IDA) committed funding for US$33 billion, from which IDA’s contribution was US$7.7 billion (23 percent) to support investment in environment... Show More + and natural resource management (ENRM). By far, climate change has been the fastest growing ENRM area where the Bank is supporting client countries. Other areas that have significantly expanded in the last five years are environmental policy and institutions, and water resource management. As for the types of funding provided over the decade, development policy lending accounted for 30 percent and investment lending 70 percent of the Bank’s ENRM portfolio. The trend is in favor of development policy lending that increased to 33% of the ENRM portfolio in the last five years (FY09-13).In addition to funding ENRM projects directly, IDA has leveraged additional funds through the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and other agencies and organizations. Specifically, the GEF provides grants to ID Show Less -
Bank Group ContributionThe World Bank and Bank-managed trust funds are increasingly supporting initiatives to rebuild the ocean’s natural capital. Many of the Bank’s investments in the oceans over the... Show More + last five years promote the sustainable governance of marine fisheries, the establishment of coastal and marine protected areas, and integrated coastal resource management. The World Bank’s active ‘blue growth’ portfolio comprises activities worth US$6.4 billion. This amount includes fisheries management, habitat conservation including integrated coastal zone management, pollution reduction and water resource management.Partners The Bank has been working with dozens of partners to increase investment in healthy oceans. In support of this, the Bank has participated in many numbers of ocean events for both technical and political purposes, raising both the profile and reach of our work, while also contributing to broader ocean community engagement. In addition to bilateral partnerships Show Less -
Bharathi travels from village to village in the state of Tamil Nadu recruiting volunteers to his "Vulture Brigades" and spreading the word about the dangers of Diclofenac. Crowds flock to the... Show More + travelling puppet show about vultures that he helped create with local artists. The Vulture Brigades spread the word about Diclofenac and importantly, monitor local vulture communities - watching nests, counting breeding pairs and reporting any signs of fatalities through exposure to Diclofenac.In just two years, Bharathi has managed to inspire and recruit 36,000 volunteers across the state - and their numbers continue to grow.At Anaikatty village, Bharathi has persuaded the highly successful village volleyball team to join the Vulture Brigade. At a recent CEPF visit to the village, the volleyball team and other members of the community crammed into a communal hall to discuss the vulture issue with Bharathi, Jack Tordoff from CEPF and the World Bank’s biodiversity specialist Valerie Hick Show Less -
An estimated 3,200 wild tigers are all that remain today, living among 76 landscapes in Asia. While public awareness has grown and tiger range country governments have made major commitments, instituted... Show More + policy reforms, and begun to implement the Global Tiger Recovery Program (GTRP), other formidable forces remain at the center of the battle for survival. First and foremost among these threats are poaching and an increasingly sophisticated illegal wildlife trade that targets tigers and other species, including rhinos and elephants.Rachel Kyte, World Bank Vice President for Sustainable Development opened an event marking the first anniversary of the global tiger summit, noting that "crime against wildlife including trade is often opportunistic because wildlife is undervalued, never insured, rarely guarded, and easy to cash and carry." She stressed that as the illegal wildlife trade becomes more organized and sophisticated, the World Bank, with its partners, aims to step up Show Less -
At CopenhagenDecember 11, 2009 - At the Government of India’s request, the World Bank today presented some draft findings from its forthcoming study, Energy Intensive Sectors of the Indian Economy - Options... Show More + for Low Carbon Development, at Copenhagen.World Bank Presentation at CopenhagenThe study, commissioned by the Government of India in 2007, looks at five sectors of the Indian economy that accounted for three-quarters of India’s CO2 emissions from energy use in 2007 – power generation, energy-intensive industries (including iron and steel, aluminum, cement, fertilizer, refining, and pulp and paper), road transportation, commercial buildings and residential housing. It presents three carbon emission scenarios, outlining the different growth paths that India could follow from 2007 to 2031 -- the end of the Fifteenth Five Year Plan.Draft findings that were presented at Copenhagen- The study says that India’s carbon intensity – a measure of carbon emissions per unit of GDP -- is likely t Show Less -