Climate change is one of the defining challenges of our time, but today we have an historic opportunity to change course. For every country, being more ambitious on climate can also build a better future. Our Climate Stories series highlights the World Bank Group's support for investments, solutions and innovations that have made a real difference in the lives of people, communities, and economies. This is what climate action looks like!
See how three cities -- Bogotá, Colombia; Beira, Mozambique; and Colombo, Sri Lanka -- are using a combination of natural and built infrastructure to address flood risk.
In Yemen, a World Bank water scarcity project supported the construction of 1,279 public and 30,686 household rainwater harvesting reservoirs and cisterns across the country, providing nearly 900K cubic meters of clean water.
Learn about Jordan, the first developing country to build end-to-end digital infrastructure to track and transact reductions in global greenhouse gas emissions.
Watch how Fiji, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Maldives and São Tomé and Príncipe are responding to the double threat of sea-level rise and increasingly severe storms.
Before, during and after crises, the World Bank's International Development Association (IDA) has always been there for countries. A steadfast partner to Mozambique, IDA has offered prompt and tailored responses to address a series of multidimensional shocks in the country.
The transition to a lower-carbon future is urgent. How can it also support workers and communities? And how can we support transformative approaches for a more sustainable and equitable future? Learn what the World Bank is doing in the area of just transition.
The Middle East and North Africa is a hotspot for Climate Change. Young entrepreneurs and innovators across the region are scaling up efforts to accelerate climate action. In Egypt, these young change-makers are in action.
Djibouti faces extreme water scarcity, exacerbated by population growth and climate change. Watch how pastoral communities are taking action to build climate resilience.
Yemen is one of the world’s most water-stressed countries. Its fragile water system is collapsing amid ongoing conflict. People are forced to use unsafe water sources. But solar-powered water pumps brought a green solution.
In Belize, the impacts of climate change are evident, disrupting economic activities and putting local communities at risk. But a transformation is happening – the country is protecting its ocean resources to increase its climate resilience.
To meet the growing need for clean energy, India is ramping up solar power generation. For example, 60% of Delhi Metro’s daytime energy requirement is being met through solar power.
Forest protection enhances people’s lives while slowing climate change. The World Bank supports forest programs in more than 50 countries, including Ghana.
5 million hectares of forests are lost each year, mostly to agriculture. But growing crops and raising cattle don’t need to result in forest loss. Colombia’s “silvopasture” combines trees with pasture to benefit the environment.
In the watershed of Santa Lucia, Uruguay, a new effluent waste management system reduced water pollution, cut the need for chemical fertilizers, enhanced carbon sequestration and soil quality.
Indonesia’s natural assets support economic growth and mitigate climate change. But they are under threat from deforestation and forest degradation. That is changing through more sustainable landscape management.
Floods are a recurring problem in Metro Manila. Climate change is exacerbating the problem. An innovative project works to improve the city’s drainage infrastructure and protect the lives and livelihoods of 1.7 million people.