Multi-stakeholder partnerships are an increasingly important aspect of World Bank engagement on the 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 PROBLUE program, housed at the World Bank, supports the sustainable and integrated development of marine and coastal resources in healthy oceans. PROBLUE is part of the World Bank’s overall blue economy program, with an ocean portfolio of around US$5 billion and a further $1.65 billion in the pipeline. PROBLUE focuses on four key areas: sustainable fisheries and aquaculture; marine pollution, including litter and plastics; oceanic sectors such as tourism, maritime transport and offshore renewable energy; and the building of government capacity to manage marine resources, including nature-based solutions, and to mobilize private sector finance.
The PROGREEN global partnership was launched in New York in September 2019, with 200 million Euro seed funding from Germany. PROGREEN will boost efforts to curb deforestation, restore degraded lands, improve livelihoods in poor, rural communities, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. PROGREEN will also support countries as they meet their national and global Sustainable Development Goals and commitments, including poverty reduction, in a cost-effective manner.
Hosted by the World Bank since 2002, the Program on Forests (PROFOR) was created 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 forest governance, forest land restoration and climate change.
The Pollution Management and Environmental Health (PMEH) program, hosted by the World Bank with multi-donor support, helps developing countries reduce deadly pollution. 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.
The Global Program on Sustainability (GPS) is housed at the World Bank and seeks to expand the application of a `sustainability’ lens to decision-making in developing countries. GPS builds on a decade of experience from the Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) partnership, which has worked with over 20 countries to build natural capital accounts and use them in development decisions. GPS will contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by supporting developing countries’ efforts to manage their natural capital sustainably.
The World Bank is the lead agency of the Global Partnership on Wildlife Conservation and Crime Prevention for Sustainable Development, also known as the Global Wildlife Program (GWP), a $213 million grant program by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Launched in 2015, the GWP has projects across 29 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America & the Caribbean. The program focuses on designing and implementing national strategies to help countries combat illegal wildlife trafficking, secure wildlife habitats, and promote wildlife-based economies.
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.
TerrAfrica is an Africa-driven global partnership that addresses land degradation in Sub-Saharan Africa by supporting sustainable land and water management practices in 24 countries.
Last Updated: Sep 30,2019