The World Bank
The World Bank Group's mission is to fight poverty and help people to help themselves and their environment. It provides resources, shares knowledge, builds capabilities, and forges partnerships in the public and private sectors. It is the world's largest source of development assistance, providing US$19.5 billion (in 2002).
Among its wide array of projects, which range from health and education to economic reform, environment is considered one of six priority areas. Its environment programme areas include:
- Natural Resources Management, which includes biodiversity conservation, drylands management, forests and forestry and water resources management;
- Policy and Economics, which includes environmental economics and indicators and environmental assessment;
- Energy and Environment, which includes work on Fuel for Thought;
- Pollution, including pollution management and New Ideas in Pollution Regulation;
- Global Commitments, which includes work on the Global Environment Facility Operations, climate change, the Montreal Protocol and a Prototype Carbon Fund.
In addition, the Environment group of the Environmentally & Socially Sustainable Development Network’s Advisory Service aims to ensure that the environment is taken into account in Bank projects and programmes.
with UNEP, UNDP, WWF, NGOs, governments, foundations and the private sector.
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