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BRIEF November 8, 2019

Adaptation is About People

A month-long series of stories highlighted how the World Bank Group is committed to boosting support for adaptation and resilience.

From new research about the intersection between flood risk and poverty in Dar es Salaam to the use of innovative drip-Irrigation technology in Niger, discover how adaptation can improve lives, reduce poverty, protect the environment, and enhance resilience around the world.


Adaptation Stories:

It’s Time to #AdaptOurWorld: Launch of the Global Commission on Adaptation Report

Done well, adaptation generates significant additional economic, social, and environmental benefits. It can help avoid economic and material losses, protect people against life-altering shocks; it reduces risks and promotes more investment; and it promotes new approaches and technologies. World Bank HQ hosted the launch event of the flagship report of the Global Commission on Adaptation, highlighting how adaptation is a cornerstone of better development that can help improve lives, reduce poverty, protect the environment, and enhance resilience around the world. Read more


Africa’s Commitment to Building a Climate Resilient and Low Carbon Future

African countries could unlock major economic opportunities by delivering on their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) as well as securing vital climate and development outcomes. The World Bank’s NDC Support Facility is supporting several projects in Africa focused on boosting the resilience of vulnerable populations through climate-informed development and delivering strong adaptation outcomes: from climate-smart agriculture investment plans in Mali, Morocco and Côte d'Ivoire to the innovative use of a GIS decision-making support platform in São Tomé and Príncipe. Read more


Wading Out the Storm – Flood Risk and Poverty in Dar es Salaam

Who gets hit hardest when cities flood? What is the connection between flooding and poverty? How can people cope with and recover from repeated flooding? New research which highlights the intersection between flood risk and poverty in Dar es Salaam can help improve preventive action as well as post-disaster support. Read more


Niger: Fertile Ground for Resilience

What gets Ganda Sebcheini out of bed in the morning? “A personal conviction,” he beams. “It’s all about passion.” A project manager with micro-irrigation company Netafim, Sebcheini is on a mission to combat a threat that imperils millions in his native Niger. Read more


In the Dominican Republic, Sustainable Forest Management Is Paying off for Local Farmers

“They started calling my farm a sancocho farm,” laughs Enelsito Ramos, referring to a traditional soup in the Dominican Republic consisting of different meats and root vegetables. Ramos’s sancocho planting style – in fact, sustainable forest management in practice - has boosted his income and helped reduce emissions. Find out how with support from the government and the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility, foresters are also focused on planting endemic and native species, fire prevention, pest management, and erosion control. Read more


In Niger, Drip-Irrigation Helps Farmers Battle Climate Induced Water Woes

Growing up alongside the Niger River, Ganda Seyni would walk to the river bank every morning to wash before school. It was a treacherous task; the water was perilously deep and Seyni had to take care not to be swept away by the fast-moving currents.  More than three decades later, Seyni, who still lives in his childhood town of Saga in the Niamey region of Niger, can hardly recognize the river that once carried so much fear. Read more


Invest in Resilience, Invest in People

$18 billion, $390 billion and $4.2 trillion: these are three of the numbers at the heart of how we at the World Bank, can help countries build resilience to secure growth, development and poverty reduction, says Juergen Voegele, Global Director, Climate Change Group. Read more