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 $175 million to more than 1,900 civil society organizations across 22 global biodiversity hotspots. 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.
Launched in 2015, the Global Partnership on Wildlife Conservation and Crime Prevention for Sustainable Development is a US$90 million grant program by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). As lead agency, the Bank coordinates the partnership of the Asian Development Bank, International Union for Conservation of Nature, United Nations Development Program, United Nations Environment Program, the World Bank and World Wildlife Fund. The partnership will focus on designing and implementing national strategies to help countries secure their wildlife resources, habitats and the benefits they derive from them and reduce poaching and illegal wildlife trafficking. It will support international efforts to stop the environmental and social crises generated by the poaching and illegal wildlife trafficking between Africa and Asia.
Last Updated: Sep 15,2015