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The World Bank’s mission to reduce poverty means achieving the sustainable use of natural resources and managing them effectively to minimize pollution, degradation, and risks. This requires a broad range of efforts at the global, national, and local levels, across a number of critical and interrelated sectors.
Biodiversity is the foundation and mainstay of agriculture, forests, and fisheries. Biological resources provide the raw materials for livelihoods, sustenance, medicines, trade, tourism, and industry.
Climate change is expected to hit developing countries the hardest. Its effects—higher temperatures, changes in precipitation patterns, rising sea levels, and more frequent weather-related disasters—pose risks for agriculture, food, and water supplies. At stake are recent gains in the fight against poverty, hunger and disease, and the lives and livelihoods of billions of people in developing countries.
Environmental and social responsibility is essential to sustainable development and to good business. This belief is at the core of the World Bank's mission and is therefore part of our lending practices as well as our programs and initiatives in our offices and communities. The World Bank is a development cooperative focused on helping our 186 member countries "fight poverty with passion".
The World Bank has mainstreamed environmental assessment into country development programs, sector strategies, and investments and underpinning sustainable development.
The Bank can assist countries in understand the linkages between poverty and the environment, mainstream the environment into country programs, and measure progress through environmental indicators.
Environmental health matters greatly to those living in poverty and the World Bank's goal of alleviating poverty clearly relies on maintaining human health.
Forests and Forestry
Forests resources are crucial to the World Bank’s mission of eradicating poverty because of their contribution to the livelihoods of the poor, the potential they offer for sustainable economic development, and the essential global environmental services they provide.
Land Resource Management
The challenge for developing countries is to develop land management programs to increase the availability of high-quality fertile lands in areas where population growth is high, poverty is endemic, and existing institutional capacity is weak.
Oceans & Coastal Management
Focusing on oceans and coastal management, the World Bank's overall objectives are to enhance the contribution that healthy oceans and coastal ecosystems can make to fighting poverty, building a nation's wealth by making its natural capital more productive, and making vulnerable communities more resilient to climate change.
Ozone Layer Depletion
The World Bank has developed a strong partnership with the Multilateral Fund (MLF) since its establishment in 1990. The Bank continues to assist the MLF to preserve human health and the environment by protecting the earth's stratospheric ozone layer.
Persistent Organic Pollutants
Persistent organic pollutants, known as POPs, are toxic substances released into the environment through a variety of human activities. They have adverse effects on the health of ecosystems, wildlife, and people.