Multi-stakeholder partnerships are an increasingly important aspect of World Bank engagement on environment, pooling expertise, access, and resources. These partnerships comprise public sector, private sector, multi-lateral and civil society actors to advance collective action on some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges.
The World Bank recently created a Pollution Management and Environmental Health (PMEH) program with multi-donor support to help developing countries reduce deadly pollution and build healthier and more economically stable communities. Many of the policies, tools and technologies for addressing air and water pollution already exist and could, if implemented at scale, save millions of lives, especially in fast-urbanizing developing countries such as China, India and Nigeria.
Wealth Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) is a World Bank-led global partnership to mainstream natural capital accounting into countries’ national accounting systems and development planning. This recognizes the important contributions to the economy of natural capital like forests, wetlands, and agricultural land which are not fully captured in national accounts. WAVES is now working in Botswana, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Indonesia, Madagascar, the Philippines and Rwanda.
Hosted by the World Bank, the Program on Forests (PROFOR) was created in 1997 to support in-depth analysis, innovative processes, knowledge-sharing and dialogue in the belief that sound forest policy can lead to better outcomes on issues ranging from livelihoods and financing to illegal logging, biodiversity and climate change. PROFOR has made forest governance a priority, providing technical assistance to improve monitoring of forest activities and helping create consensus and political will around priority reforms.
The Global Program on Fisheries (PROFISH) was established with key donors and stakeholders to engage the World Bank in improving environmental sustainability, human wellbeing and economic performance in the world’s fisheries and aquaculture, with a focus on the welfare of the poor in fisheries and fish farming communities in the developing world.
TerrAfrica is a nationally-driven global partnership that addresses land degradation in Sub-Saharan Africa by supporting sustainable land and water management practices in 24 countries.
The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) was launched in 2000 to support priority high-biodiversity sites and conservation corridors, including production landscapes. To date, CEPF has provided over US$166 million to more than 1,800 civil society organizations across 22 global biodiversity hotspots.
The Save Our Species initiative combines the financial weight and technical expertise of the World Bank and the Global Environment Facility, science from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the resources and ingenuity of the private sector to create a mechanism that channels funding to species conservation projects for the greatest impact. To date, SOS is helping protect more than 200 species in 50 countries while communicating about the successes with a growing support base. In 2013 alone, SOS announced new investments of US$2.7 million for 32 projects managed by NGOs.
The International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) launched in 2010 brings together Interpol, the CITES Secretariat, World Customs Organization and UNODC with the World Bank to promote effective law enforcement nationally and internationally in support of sustainable development and equitable benefit-sharing for the proceeds from sustainable natural resource management. The Consortium has developed a Wildlife and Forest Crime Analytic Toolkit that it is now being applied in several countries to analyze their state of law enforcement.
The Global Alliance on Health and Pollution (GAHP) is a collaborative body of bilateral, multilateral, and international agencies, country governments, academia and civil society that assists low-and middle-income countries to reduce the human health impacts of chemicals, waste and toxic pollution. GAHP’s members include the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, European Commission, GIZ, the Ministries of Environment of Mexico, Ghana, Indonesia, Madagascar, Peru, Philippines, Senegal and Uruguay, UNIDO, UNEP and UNDP, among others. Pure Earth / Blacksmith Institute serves as Secretariat for the GAHP.
Last Updated: Apr 02,2015