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FEATURE STORY
Sustaining Forests and Livelihoods in a Changing World


Children sitting on a slab of wood in Vietnam.The World Bank helps countries to improve forest-sector governance and community involvement so that their people, economies, and their environment can thrive.
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FEATURE STORY
Promoting a More Resilient Forest Ecosystem in Hunan


Forests at Zhangjiajie in Hunan province in China. - Photo: ShutterstockThe World Bank recently approved a loan of US$80 million to China to reforest and rehabilitate ice storm affected ecological forest plantations in Hunan Province to develop a stable forest ecosystem.
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FEATURE STORY
Peru Converts Waste into Energy


A view of the treatment facility in the municipality of Callao, Peru. - Photo: World BankIn Callao, a newly opened plant treats waste and protects the environment. The plant will reduce carbon emissions by more than 61 tons annually.
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FEATURE STORY
Emerging Economists Envision Green South Asian Cities


SAESM Policy Competition in NepalStudents shared their vision of green growth in South Asian cities of the future at a World Bank-sponsored competition.
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PRESS RELEASE
WB/MEXICO: Promotion of Green Growth


An aerial view of a rural town in Mexico.The World Bank (WB) Board of Executive Directors approved an additional loan of US$50 million to stimulate green economic growth in rural areas of Mexico, which will benefit more than 2,000 small- and medium-sized agribusinesses.
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MULTIMEDIA
Stop Wildlife Crime: Take the Pledge


Removing Barriers to Trade in AfricaOn Wildlife Conservation Day (Dec. 4), the US State Department and conservation NGOS did a 24-hour promotion of the wildlife pledge to promote the conservation and protection of endangered species, specifically elephants, rhinos and tigers.
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REPORT
'Enhancing Competitiveness and Resilience in Africa'


Removing Barriers to Trade in AfricaThis report from the World Bank Africa Region lays out key actions to improve environmental and natural resource management in Sub Saharan Africa.
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EVENT
A Treaty That Inspires Global Action


World Bank President Dr. Jim Yong Kim flanked by US Environmental Protection Agency's Administrator Lisa Jackson (left) and World Bank's Vice President for Sustain Development, Rachel Kyte.On the 25th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol, the World Bank and the US EPA come together to celebrate its success and share lessons for future challenges.
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EVENT
IUCN World Conservation Congress


A picture of a surprised ringtailed lemur in Madagascar. - Photo: ShutterstockWith the IUCN World Conservation Congress taking place in Jeju, South Korea from Sept. 5-15, 2012, the World Bank brings out a revamped biodiversity website with new stories, videos, infographic, and much more.
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PRESS RELEASE
New World Bank Sourcebook on Pollution Management


Getting to Green – A Sourcebook of Pollution Management Policy Tools for Growth and Competitiveness (the Sourcebook)A fresh approach to pollution management is advocated in a new World Bank Group Sourcebook launched August 15, 2012. It shifts the focus from primarily using public regulatory instruments towards greater acknowledgment of the role of multiple stakeholders in tackling pollution.
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REPORT
GTRP Implementation Report


Photo: This implementation report of the Global Tiger Recovery Program (GTRP) outlines the concerted country-specific and collaborative actions required in the first five years of the program to move toward the 2022 goal of doubling the number of wild tigers from an estimated 3,200 to more than 7,000.This implementation report of the Global Tiger Recovery Program (GTRP) outlines the concerted country-specific and collaborative actions required in the first five years of the program to move toward the 2022 goal of doubling the number of wild tigers from an estimated 3,200 to more than 7,000.
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FEATURE
World Bank Supports Moroccan Coastal Communities


Photo: Moroccan Coastal CommunitiesA new World Bank project will pilot the application of integrated coastal zone management (ICZM) approach at the local level in view of improving resources management and job creation in the coastal areas of Morocco.
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FEATURE
Environment Matters


Photo: Cover of this year's Environment MattersThis year's edition of the Environment Matters, an annual publication of the World Bank's Environment department, focuses almost exclusively on the topics that will dominate the disucssions at the Rio+20 conference.
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FEATURE
A Unique Honor


Photo: U.S. Department of Treasury award for joint WB-GEF projectA joint project of the World Bank and Global Environment Facility (GEF), received the inaugural Development Impact Honors award from the U.S. Department of the Treasury for helping Brazil achieve a four-year decline in deforestation rates.
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FEATURE
New Focus on ‘Green, Clean, Resilient’ Development


Photo: Environment Strategy 2012-2022The World Bank Group today released its ambitious, new Environment Strategy for 2012-2022 aimed at supporting countries to pursue sustainable development pathways that are green, inclusive, efficient, and affordable.
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FEATURE
New Focus on ‘Green, Clean, Resilient’ Development


Photo: Environment Strategy 2012-2022The World Bank Group today released its ambitious, new Environment Strategy for 2012-2022 aimed at supporting countries to pursue sustainable development pathways that are green, inclusive, efficient, and affordable.
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FEATURE
Eliminating Mercury's Invisible Threat in Kazakhstan


Photo: Pollution in KazakhstanA World Bank supported project helped cleanup an area of about 60 hectares and an 18 kilometer stretch of the Nura's riverbanks in Kazakhstan.
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BRIEF
Helping to Better Manage the World's Oceans


Photo: Oceans AfricaThis briefing on oceans lists out the challenge, approach, and the role of the World Bank in helping to prevent the numerous threats that the oceans face.
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PRESS RELEASE
Boost for Tiger, Biodiversity Conservation in India


Photo: Tiger ConservationIn a strategy session with World Bank Group President Robert B. Zoellick, Indian business leaders said they hope to help the Government in protecting natural habitats for wild tigers.
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BRIEF
Helping to Better Manage the World's Oceans


Photo: Oceans AfricaThis briefing on oceans lists out the challenge, approach, and the role of the World Bank in helping to prevent the numerous threats that the oceans face.
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PRESS RELEASE
Boost for Tiger, Biodiversity Conservation in India


Photo: Tiger ConservationIn a strategy session with World Bank Group President Robert B. Zoellick, Indian business leaders said they hope to help the Government in protecting natural habitats for wild tigers.
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BLOG
Giving Oceans a Fighting Chance


Photo: Blue OceansMary Barton-Dock, Director, Environment unit of the World Bank, blogs about raising awareness on the threats that oceans face including ocean acidification and warming.
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NEWS
Follow the Money Trail to Fight Illegal Logging: New World Bank Report


Photo: Illegal LoggingWith illegal logging generating an estimated US$10-15 billion annually in criminal proceeds, a new World Bank report shows how countries can effectively fight this global epidemic.
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NEWS
World Bank, Diplomatic Community Commit to Sustainability in D.C.


Photo: World Bank HeadquartersThe World Bank Group and others are pledging to pursue programs, policies, and projects aimed at advancing environmental quality, economic vitality, and social equity in the District of Columbia.
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NEWS
New Global Partnership for Healthy Oceans Launched


Photo: Pacific IslanderWorld Bank President launched the new partnership the Economist's World Oceans Summit.
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PRESS RELEASE
Thailand: Smarter Patrols to Better Protect the Tiger


Photo: Reclinging tiger by ShutterstockA two-week training program for rangers has aided in better accounting the tiger population in Thailand.
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PRESS RELEASE

New Soil Carbon Methodology Approved


Photo: Green GrowthThe Verified Carbon Standard approved the methodology developed by World Bank on soil carbon, a new approach for sustainable agricultural land management (SALM) practices. Read More »PRESS RELEASE
Global Organizations to Expand Cooperation on Green Growth for Development...


Photo: Green Growth...through the Green Growth Knowledge Platform, a cutting edge initiative that will identify and address major knowledge gaps in green growth. Read More »FEATURE STORY


Photo: DragonflyA World Bank-financed project in Vietnam helped conserve the Chu Yang Sin National Park’s forests, watersheds and surrounding areas. Read More »



PRESS RELEASE
Helping Countries Tackle “Orphaned” Toxic Pollution Sites


Photo: Oil drumsThe World Bank is joining forces with the Blacksmith Institute, a leading non-government organization with expertise in cleaning up toxic pollution. Read More »



FEATURE STORY

Protecting Endangered Species, Improving Lives in Biodiverse Region


Photo: Flowers on Table Mountain by Shutterstock A new project has helped increase land conservation and create local jobs in South Africa.
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PRESS RELEASE
SOS Boosts Wild Tiger Conservation

Photo: Tiger cub A new project will improve enforcement in protecting tiger breeding populations and therefore addressing the biggest threat to wild tigers: poaching. Read More »



FEATURE STORY
Improved Disaster Risk Management for the Caribbean

Photo: Map of Haiti To build more resilient comunities, policy-makers need access to data to make informed decisions.
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PRESS RELEASE
Geeking out for Development

Logo: WaterHackathon First-ever WaterHackathon generates solutions to specific water and sanitation challenges in developing countries.
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FEATURE STORY
Kiribati: Pushing Against the Tide

Aerial view of Kiribati Bank launches third phase of Kiribati Adaptation Program, to combat the effects of climate change.
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World Bank Supports Conservation Work in Fiji and Vietnam

Photo: Booby in Fiji by Valerie Hickey, Gibbon by Stephen Roches The CEPF, funded in part by the World Bank, helps local communities and civil society organizations conserve important natural resources. Read More »



FEATURE STORY
Key to Africa's Progress in Water and Sanitation

Photo: Carrying water in BeninHouseholds that invest in basic sanitation reap up to seven times their initial investment in economic benefits.
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BLOG
Can Protected Areas Conserve Forests?

Photo: Tropical Forest by Shutterstock A newly published study provides some surprising and encouraging findings on protected area impacts.
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FEATURE STORY

Caribbean Countries to Protect Fragile Ecosystems

Photo: Lionfish by Shutterstock A new grant hopes to ensure the conservation of marine ecosystems, including protecting over 100,000 hectares. Read More »




FEATURE STORY
A Healthy Ocean Matters

Photo: World Map of Oceans A recent symposium highlighted the essential ecosystem services that coastal and marine ecosystems provide.
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Protecting 60,000 Hectares of Forest in Vietnam

FEATURE STORY
World Bank Helps Develop Renewable Energy in Indonesia

Photo: Indonesia GeothermalThe World Bank will help boost power capacity in geothermal fields, displacing an equivalent of coal-based power.

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FEATURE STORY
Together for a Green And Clean Ulaanbaatar

Photo: Buddhist temple in Ulaanbataar by Worldphoto/ShutterstockLocal and international artists performed live for an audience of 1000 to bring home an environmental message in Mongolia.

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PRESS RELEASE
Forests – More than Just Carbon Stores

Photo: Madagascar rainforest The World Bank Group is the largest source of multilateral financing for forests, investing about $500-600 million a year.

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PRESS RELEASE
Bank to Support Urgent Biodiversity Conservation in Madagascar

Photo: Madagascar rain forest Additional $52 million to continue supporting some of the world's most unique and threatened biodiversity.
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BLOG POST
At 80, Thimmakka Has Planted Over 8,000 Saplings

Thimakka Read a blog on a remarkable woman in rural India who is making a difference by planting trees.
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FEATURE STORY
Lighting Africa: Promoting High Quality Electricity

Photo: Young boys studying Lighting Africa is working in Mali and Senegal to integrate low-cost, off-grid solutions into their plans.
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PRESS RELEASE
Trees and Landscape Restoration Can Help Deliver a ‘Triple Win’

Photo: Trees planted in fields More people are paying attention to the relationship between a healthy environment and resilient farmland.
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BLOG POST
Cold Comfort for Islanders

Photo: Melting iceIn 2006, environmental degradation compromised Colombia's potential for sustainable economic growth.
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FEATURE STORY
Healthier People, Stronger Economy thru Environmental Management

Photo: House on a hill in ColombiaIn 2006, environmental degradation compromised Colombia's potential for sustainable economic growth.
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RESULTS PROFILE
The World Bank and Biodiversity

Photo: Gavia by ShutterstockThe World Bank is a key funder of biodiversity initiatives, providing support to 624 projects in over 122 countries over the last 20 years.
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FEATURE STORY
Dr. Jane Goodall's Message of Hope for Biodiversity

Photo: Dr. Jane GoodallDr. Jane Goodall argues for the importance of wildlife and biodiversity conservation and the need to act.
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PRESS RELEASE
Threatened Species Conservation Gets a Welcome Boost


Logo: Save our SpeciesThe quest to protect globally threatened species received a boost today with the approval of a US$4.9 million grant.
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FEATURE STORY
37,000 Mangroves Seedlings for Kiribati


Photo: Mangrove seedlings by ShutterstockMangroves can be one of the most effective forms of coastal protection that in addition provide a range of other benefits.
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FEATURE STORY
Clean Cookstoves Save Lives, Reduce Carbon


Photo: Mother and daughter using an open fire to cookNearly three billion people depend on wood and charcoal cooking and heating, leading to more than 1.6 million deaths every year.
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PRESS RELEASE
World Bank Financing to Help More Than One Million People Cope With Natural Disasters


Photo: Flooded house in SerbiaSince ninety percent of Southeast Europe is located within river basins, the region is highly prone to floods.
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PUBLICATION
China's Green Cities

Chart showing growth of GHG emissions from citiesThe World Bank’s recent Cities and Climate Change paper -- the second most important factor to GHG emissions from cities, after per capita GDP, is density.
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PUBLICATION
Factoring nature, good governance and
human skills into wealth calculations


Photo: Girls in SchoolA new book shows development as a process of building wealth and highlights the role of natural capital like forests.
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PROJECT
The World Bank Supports a New Project in Rural Development and Environment

Photo: Farmer in TunisiaSustainable natural resource management represents a crucial component of socio-economic development for Tunisia.
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PUBLICATION
Launch of a Tool for Creating and Surviving Reform

Cover: SEA in Policy and Sector ReformNew publication captures the lessons, pitfalls and pointers from six policy SEA pilots in developing countries in Asia and Africa.
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FEATURE STORY
Tiger Forum Aims to Reverse Loss, Protect Biodiversity

Photo: tigerLeaders from 13 countries where tigers still live gather in Russia for an unprecedented event–the first high-level meeting ever to save an endangered species.
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FEATURE STORY
Saving Species and Ecosystems Through Greener Economic Planning

Photo: Montage of ecosystemsA country’s wealth should not just be the measure of its exploit assets.
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PROJECT PROFILE
IDA at Work: Environment Review

Photo: Great Wall of ChinaFor the last 30 years, the International Development Association has contributed substantially to environmental management in the lowest income countries.
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BLOG POST
Pierce Brosnan blogs...

Photo: Pierce Brosnan...on the proposed road in Tanzania's Serengeti plain. How will it impact wildebeest migration? Read his blogpost 'License to Save.'
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FEATURE STORY
Diving Under the Surface of Kiribati

Photo: Coral ReefHealthy coral reefs are vital to maintain food supply and protect the shoreline of the low lying island nation of Kiribati.
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FEATURE STORY
Dr. Water Changes Lives in India

Photo: Women in IndiaAndhra Pradesh is the fifth most populated state in India. Nearly 17 out of 80 million people routinely experience bacteriological contamination of water.
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PRESS RELEASE
Bank, Global Partners Redouble Commitment to Millennium Development Goals

Photo: Young boy drinking cocoaWB commits to new financing for countries to reach the MDGs:$8.3 billion in agriculture; $750 million in education; and $600 million in health.
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PRESS RELEASE
Albania Forests Recover from Logging and Overgrazing

Photo: Man planting treesThe Albanian government is working with communities to plant new trees and to let forests grow undisturbed becoming a sustainable resource.
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FEATURE STORY
Kihansi Spray Toads Make Historic Return to Tanzania

Photo: Kihansi toadTiny toads, extinct in the wild, now reside in propagation center in Dar es Salaam after being bred by Toledo Zoo and Bronx Zoo.
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FEATURE STORY
New Shoreline Protection Guidelines for Kiribati

Aerial Photograph: KiribatiFour key locations in South Tarawa are being protected by new KAPII (Kiribati Adaptation Program – Pilot Implementation Phase II) seawall constructions.
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HIGHLIGHTS
Frog
Environment Strategy 2010 Consultations

The World Bank Group has embarked on the preparation of a new Environment Strategy, expected to be completed and approved by December 2010.

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Corporate Responsibility
Corporate Responsibility Program

Environmental and social responsibility is essential to sustainable development and to good business and is at the core of the World bank's mission.

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Wealth of Nations
Where is the Wealth
of Nations?

Answering this question yields important insights into the prospects for sustainable development in countries around the world.

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