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 -
OVERVIEWMarch 22, 2010 - “We no longer worry about the rains. We now have the confidence to grow alternative crops even if the monsoon fails,” said Balaraju, a farmer in one of the most drought-prone and... Show More + economically vulnerable regions of Andhra Pradesh in southern India.Last year, when large parts of the state were facing the severest drought in 30 years, Balaraju’s lands were unaffected. This is because the villagers now share groundwater, a practice introduced by the World Bank’s pilot project - The Andhra Pradesh Drought Adaptation Initiative (APDAI). Before the project, only the richer farmers had access to groundwater because only they could afford to dig deep wells. The rest, including Balaraju, had to depend on the unreliable monsoon rains to irrigate their crops.GROUNDWATER SHARINGBut, convincing the richer farmers to share the water from their wells was not easy. However they agreed to do so because many of them too had fields that were far from their wells. If a pipeline was 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 -