Toward a Clean, Green, Resilient World for All (2023)

Regions

Europe & Central Asia

Relative to GDP, carbon emissions in ECA are among the highest in the world. So the Region faces dual challenges of managing its energy security while maximizing options for cleaner energy. Pollution management and shifting attention to new models for managing industrial pollution continue to be a major challenge in ECA that will require addressing current and future pollution flows and associated risks, as well as legacy pollution and brownfield regeneration. The region also faces the challenge of maximizing wealth creation from natural resources and the sustainability of natural resource-based economic activities, such as forests, which are a major source of employment, timber, and ecological services. While upgrading infrastructure, improving water resource management, and improving water utilities and energy systems are needed independently of climate change, they would also help to make the region more resilient.

The ECA Region is engaged in a large and multifaceted program of energy supply augmentation and modernization, with a significant focus on clean energy options. In a number of countries, new “green economy” studies are being undertaken to assess the implications of implementing EU policies on cleaner production and consumption as well as climate change. The World Bank is also supporting efforts to address legacy pollution, and sustainable forest management, with an emphasis on governance, the role of communities and the private sector, and conservation and environmental services, including carbon sequestration. To improve resilience, the Region has launched programs for the modernization of hydro-meteorological services to target enhanced emergency preparedness and planning and better institutional coordination in flood-prone river basins. Improved pasture management is also helping build climate resilience in Central Asia.

Highlights:

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  • A principal focus of the region is sustainable forest management, with an emphasis on governance, the role of communities and the private sector.
  • In a number of countries, new 'green economy' studies are being undertaken to assess the implications of implementing EU policies on cleaner production and consumption.
  • The region has launched programs for the modernization of hydro-meteorological services in Russia, Moldova, and the countries of Central Asia.

Latin America & the Caribbean

The unique and rich biodiversity resources of the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) Region continue to be under threat from settlements, inappropriate agriculture, logging, and mining, as well as from inadequate protected areas management. The region continues to be plagued by persistent environmental health risks from urban air pollution, indoor air pollution, and inadequate access to improved water sources and sanitation, all of which result in higher health costs. Rising industrial pollution combined with weak monitoring and enforcement further compounds the contamination of air, water, and soil from emissions and effluent discharges. Several countries have weak environmental institutions and poor environmental governance. In many countries in LAC and in the Region as a whole, GHG emissions from the transportation and energy sectors are expected to rise in tandem with rising motorization rates.

LAC is strengthening its green agenda by undertaking analytical work to underpin the economic value of functioning ecosystems, investing in biodiversity protection, and mobilizing innovative sources of financing, including through the linkage between biodiversity and climate change. Through participation in the WAVES partnership, this work includes shifting toward greater recognition of the economic value of ecosystems and biodiversity services and of the high economic costs of their loss. It also supports the management of protected areas (Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States), the integration of biodiversity conservation into productive landscapes (Uruguay, Mexico, Brazil, and Panama), and the use of payments for environmental services (Costa Rica, Mexico, and Brazil). Work will also be stepped up to meet the growing interest in forest carbon partnerships (REDD+, for example in Mexico and Costa Rica) and forest investment programs (Mexico, Peru, and Brazil) to build institutional capacity, forest governance, and information, as well as investments in forest mitigation efforts. LAC is the most urbanized region in the world, so support for countries to move toward a cleaner development path is a high priority for the region. Supporting countries like Argentina and Uruguay to strengthen their industrial pollution abatement and cleaner production processes is another key priority, while for Brazil, encouraging “green cities” by incorporating environmental considerations into urban planning and design is a key focus. LAC is increasingly addressing the need for enhanced climate resilience by boosting work in adaptation, mitigation, and disaster risk management.

Highlights:

  • The region is strengthening its green agenda by undertaking analytical work to underpin the economic value of functioning ecosystems, investing in biodiversity protection, and mobilizing innovative sources of financing.
  • Support for countries to move toward a cleaner development path is a high priority.
  • The region is increasingly addressing the need for enhanced climate resilience by boosting work in adaptation, mitigation, and disaster risk management.

South Asia

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The Environment Sustainability Index shows that the environmental performance of countries in the South Asia Region (SAR) lags behind other countries at similar per capita income levels. The poorest areas of the Region overlap with the most environmentally stressed regions, with high levels of soil erosion, highly variable rainfall, and degraded forests. Environmental health impacts are exerting a heavy toll on economies in SAR. According to World Bank estimates, environmental degradation costs between 5 and 10 percent of GDP in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Pakistan. The largest share of these costs is associated with environmental health impacts, accounting for about 20 percent of the total burden of disease in the Region, comparable to malnutrition. Moreover, the SAR region is expected to face increased vulnerability to extreme climatic events, including more-intense weather, floods, and drought. Climate change is also expected to reduce agricultural productivity, potentially increasing malnutrition, decreasing water availability in many areas, and affecting people’s livelihoods negatively. Sea-level rise is another critical threat, particularly for coastal India, the Maldives, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.

The SAR Region is supporting the promotion of environmental mainstreaming in key natural resource sectors and regional approaches to biodiversity conservation. Its approach to the clean agenda in the region includes promoting structural transformations for reducing the costs of environmental degradation on human health and reducing pollution from key sources. Its approach to the resilience agenda includes increasing the resilience of ecosystems, infrastructure and highly vulnerable areas.

Highlights:

  • The region is supporting the promotion of environmental mainstreaming in key natural resource sectors and regional approaches to biodiversity conservation.
  • The approach to the clean agenda in the region includes promoting structural transformations for reducing the costs of environmental degradation on human health and reducing pollution from key sources.
  • The region’s approach to the resilience agenda includes increasing the resilience of ecosystems, infrastructure and highly vulnerable areas.

Africa

The challenge for Africa in managing its forests is to cope with the poor governance issues plaguing the forestry sector and the fragmentation of external funding. Africa is still home to less-developed coastlines that still harbor intact ecosystems that protect coastal cities and infrastructure from flooding and provide protection for fisheries, but its seascapes are increasingly threatened by human pressure, and destruction of coastal mangrove forests has increased the vulnerability of coastal settlements. The region is also burdened with the pollution impacts of a long history of mining, and faces challenges in managing waste in its fast-growing cities. Finally, Africa needs to address land and soil degradation affecting at least 425 million people, as well as water scarcity or stress.

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The key to realizing the sustainable development potential of Africa’s forests and woodlands is improved governance at all levels. Besides working through REDD and similar mechanisms to monitor progress, the World Bank will address natural resources governance through development policy lending, technical assistance, and the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, and support sustainable land and water management production benefits that have significant biodiversity benefits. The World Bank will undertake new analytical work on hazardous waste and persistent organic pollutants, and work to enhance the enabling environment for responsible private sector investment. Urban environmental sanitation upgrading will be piloted. To improve resilience, the World Bank will support sustainable land management strategies through the TerrAfrica partnership, demonstrate integration of climate risk and resilience into development planning and implementation through the Climate Investment Funds and the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience, and provide continued assistance for river basin programs. Coastal zone management and flood mitigation will become an area of increased investment.

Highlights:

  • To stem the tide of biodiversity loss, the focus will be on various types of sustainable land and water management production systems that have significant biodiversity benefits.
  • The World Bank will continue to provide assistance to river basin programs; new areas of intervention include country-specific water assistance strategies.
  • Through technical assistance, the region aims to ensure that transparent environmental regulatory frameworks and competent institutions for monitoring environmental compliance are available.

East Asia & The Pacific

Rapid economic growth, urbanization, and industrialization combined with an unsustainable use of the natural resource base are leading to degradation of air, water, land, and their related environmental services in the East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) Region. This is threatening sustainable economic development and affecting people’s health and livelihoods. Policy, institutional, and related governance elements have not evolved rapidly enough to cope with rapid changes, nor has the implementation and enforcement capacity of existing systems developed fast enough. Global and regional environmental externalities have rapidly intensified, resulting in a major environmental footprint of the Region.

As part of the overall strategy to address these challenges, the World Bank’s EAP Region will provide analytical support and technical assistance, and facilitate knowledge creation, including South-South collaboration; further develop the regional lending portfolio of environmental and natural resources management operations; expand and deepen the mainstreaming of environmental management in the regional sector lending program; facilitate financing through a combination of global environmental programs, lending products, and other leveraged sources of environmental finance, including the Global Environment Facility (GEF); and further develop the regional climate change portfolio with attention to synergies between emissions reduction, climate adaptation, and disaster risk management.

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Highlights:

  • The region will have a stronger forestry and sustainable forest management portfolio, reflected in increased climate and biodiversity focus.
  • The region will expand its greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction projects, with increased emphasis on sustainable urban development and sustainable transportation.
  • Ecosystem-based adaptation will be promoted in several countries through analytical work and pilot projects.

Middle East & North Africa

The long-term green challenge for MENA is to sustainably maximize wealth creation from fragile natural resources. Water scarcity is aggravated by increased degradation of water quality, which primarily affects the region’s poor. High population densities and economic and population growth have accentuated the pressures on natural resources and environmentally sensitive ecosystems, putting further stress on water and land. Air, land, and marine-based pollution threaten the region's cities, waterways, and shared seas. Managing vulnerability to climate change impacts such as drought is a key challenge.

The region’s shared seas programs support environmental management capacity building of the riparian countries to address pollution reduction, improved water and marine resources management, renewable energy, and sustainable fisheries. The MENA-Desert Ecosystems and Livelihoods Program is a 10- to 15-year program that aims to enhance livelihoods from desert ecosystems by harnessing their value in an environmentally and socially sustainable manner. Continued commercialization of low-carbon, renewable energy options is another important goal for the region. Concentrated solar power is closest to economically viable energy storage. It is therefore in a strong position to become a long-term renewable energy option, without the need for fossil fuel backup. The World Bank is working with the African Development Bank and other partners to accelerate its expansion in the Region. Smarter urban design and development is also a priority. Building codes that drive greater water and energy efficiencies, smart approaches to urban transport to reduce congestion, and integrated solid waste management that also reduces leaching and resulting groundwater contamination are important areas of focus. The World Bank Group is supporting efforts to map groundwater resources and increase the use of treated wastewater, and to analyze the economic costs and environmental implications of desalination.

Highlights:

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  • The Desert Ecosystems and Livelihoods Program aims to enhance livelihoods from desert ecosystems by harnessing their value in an environmentally and socially sustainable manner.
  • Continued commercialization of low-carbon, renewable energy options is an important goal for the region.
  • Efforts to map groundwater resources and increase the use of treated wastewater, and to analyze the economic costs and environmental implications of desalination, are under way.

FAQs

What is the importance of clean and green environment? ›

Keeping the environment clean is important to being healthy. Many disease-causing germs exist in dirty environments, such as the ones that cause diarrhoea and worm infections. This means that many diseases can be prevented through good personal hygiene, and by keeping the environ- ment clean.

What is green resilience? ›

Green resilience is based on the infrastructure of urban green areas applied to cities and is that they have the capacity to prepare, resist and recover from a crisis. Learn more in: Sustainable Resilience in Urban Land Use.

What is the meaning of clean and green? ›

Clean and Green is a preferential tax assessment program, that bases property taxes on use values rather than fair market values. This ordinarily results in a tax savings for landowners.

How can we make our earth green and clean? ›

8 Ways to Keep the Earth Clean
  1. Bring a bag. ...
  2. Invest in a reusable water bottle. ...
  3. Bring your own reusable cup. ...
  4. Refuse single-use items. ...
  5. Avoid products with microbeads. ...
  6. Shop in bulk. ...
  7. Make sure your waste goes to the right place. ...
  8. Compost.
Apr 18, 2017

What are the positive effects of living in a clean environment? ›

Clean air and water, sanitation and green spaces, safe workplaces can enhance people's quality of life: reduced mortality and morbidity, healthier lifestyles, improved productivity of workers and their families, improve lives of women, children and elderly and are crucial to mental health.

What are the benefits of living in a clean environment? ›

Living in an uncluttered environment also helps to reduce distractions and improve concentration – two important factors for kids with homework assignments or even adults working in a home office. Overall, a clean and healthy environment lowers stress and contributes to a positive outlook on life.

What are 3 ways to be resilient? ›

Tips to improve your resilience
  • Get connected. Building strong, positive relationships with loved ones and friends can provide you with needed support, guidance and acceptance in good and bad times. ...
  • Make every day meaningful. ...
  • Learn from experience. ...
  • Remain hopeful. ...
  • Take care of yourself. ...
  • Be proactive.

What are examples of resilient? ›

An Example of Resilient Behavior
  • Viewing setbacks as impermanent.
  • Reframing setbacks as opportunities for growth.
  • Recognizing cognitive distortions as false beliefs.
  • Managing strong emotions and impulses.
  • Focusing on events you can control.
  • Not seeing yourself as a victim.
  • Committing to all aspects of your life.
Jan 20, 2019

What of the meaning of resilience? ›

Resilience is the ability to withstand adversity and bounce back from difficult life events. Being resilient does not mean a person doesn't experience stress, emotional upheaval, and suffering. Resilience involves the ability to work through emotional pain and suffering.

Why is it important to keep our surroundings clean? ›

Keeping your environment clean—whether at home, work, school or the hospital—is an important way to prevent infection. Dangerous germs can take up residence anywhere. By keeping them to a minimum, you will reduce your chances of developing an infection and improve your health.

What are 10 ways to keep our environment clean? ›

Read on to know 10 practical ways to help clean the environment.
  1. Reduce the usage of your electrical appliances. ...
  2. Drive your car less. ...
  3. Reduce the usage of your wooden stove. ...
  4. Maintain a healthy eco system. ...
  5. Reduce usage of chemicals and pesticides. ...
  6. Recycle the waste products. ...
  7. Reduce carbon footprints. ...
  8. Grow your food locally.

Why is it important to take care of our environment? ›

Everything that we need to live and survive comes from nature. The air that we breathe, our water, our food and so much more. We can not live without these. All the resources that we use every day also need to come from somewhere.

How can we keep our environment clean and green essay? ›

Throwing garbage all over the place will dirty our surroundings, pollute the environment. Controlling the use of plastic bags will help to keep our surroundings clean. One should use recycled and eco-friendly products like paper or jute bags instead of others. Littering causes land, air and water pollution.

How can we protect our green world essay? ›

For this, there must be control of landslides, floods, and soil erosion. Furthermore, there should also be afforestation and tree plantation to conserve the soil. Also, terrace farming and using natural fertilizers are some more ways. Waste management is a powerful way of protecting the environment.

How you can have a happy and healthy green earth? ›

Here are five ways you can be greener and friendlier to the planet year-round.
  • Use natural cleaners. Vinegar, baking soda and water can clean most surfaces. ...
  • Ditch the plastic. ...
  • Green your home. ...
  • Reduce food waste. ...
  • Plant a tree.

What are the five importance of cleanliness? ›

Cleanliness gives a fresh and good look to our surroundings. Wearing a cleaned and ironed clothes protect you from skin infections. Cleanliness minimizes the entry of rats, cockroaches, and other parasitic worms or insects. Cleanliness gives rise to a good character by keeping body, mind, and soul clean and peaceful.

How can we achieve clean and safe community? ›

Conduct a recycling drive in your neighborhood or your business. Volunteer to help your employer conduct paper recycling drives at work. Donate gently used clothes to needy organizations and shelters and identify other items that you can reuse. Compost yard and food waste and seek advice if you don't know how.

How important is a clean environment in a community? ›

Living in a clean environment makes life healthier, less stressful, and more pleasant. It can improve the self-image of residents and of the neighborhood as a whole. A neighborhood that smells like garbage or looks like a dump is an undesirable place to live and work.

What are the benefits of being clean at all times? ›

Here's how a little cleanliness and organization can work double time for you.
  • Cleaning supports a strong immune system. ...
  • Cleaning reduces stress. ...
  • Cleaning can improve heart health. ...
  • A clean bedroom will help you get a good night's sleep. ...
  • A clean space helps increase your productivity.
Apr 14, 2019

What are 5 characteristics of a resilient person? ›

Characteristics of Resilient People
  • Accept change. Accepting the fact that some things change is a basic part of resilience. ...
  • Choose your attitude. ...
  • Keep it in perspective. ...
  • Humor. ...
  • Assess your resilience.

What makes people resilient? ›

Southwick says resilient people reappraise a difficult situation and look for meaningful opportunities within it. They have a mission, a meaning, a purpose. Feeling committed to a meaningful mission in life gives them courage and strength. They have a social support system, and they support others.

What are the five 5 skills of resilient person? ›

Resilience is made up of five pillars: Self Awareness, Mindfulness, Self Care, Positive Relationships and Purpose. By strengthening these pillars, we in turn, become more resilient.

What does resilient mean in life? ›

Resilience is the process and outcome of successfully adapting to difficult or challenging life experiences, especially through mental, emotional, and behavioral flexibility and adjustment to external and internal demands.

What is a good sentence for resilience? ›

The rescue workers showed remarkable resilience in dealing with the difficult conditions. Cold temperatures caused the material to lose resilience.

What is a good sentence for resilient? ›

He was resolute and he was resilient. The residents are vulnerable but resilient. He had no choice but to be resilient. But what could a more resilient system look like?

Why is it important to be resilient? ›

Resilience is important for several reasons; it enables us to develop mechanisms for protection against experiences that could be overwhelming, helps us to maintain balance in our lives during difficult or stressful periods, and can also protect us from the development of some mental health difficulties and issues.

What is a another word for resilience? ›

Toughness is a classic synonym for resilience.

What is the power of resilience? ›

Resilience is “the ability to navigate through adversity, to effectively adapt to change and thrive.” It means having to cultivate a sense of calm, clarity and stability, even when things are stressful and overwhelming.

How can we keep our environment green? ›

Take a look at some fixes that will have you living greener in no time.
  1. Dial it down. Moving your thermostat down just two degrees in winter and up two degrees in summer could save about 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per year.
  2. Turn it off. ...
  3. Use cold water. ...
  4. Switch to e-billing. ...
  5. Buy local. ...
  6. Recycle. ...
  7. Go solar.

What are the 10 benefits of a healthy environment? ›

Healthy Environment Benefits
  • Avoid from diseases caused by unhealthy environment.
  • The environment becomes cooler.
  • Free from air pollution.
  • Water becomes cleaner and safer to drink.
  • More calm in running daily activities.
Jul 22, 2018

What are the 7 simple ways to protect the environment? ›

Ten Simple Things You Can Do to Help Protect the Earth
  1. Reduce, reuse, and recycle. Cut down on what you throw away. ...
  2. Volunteer. Volunteer for cleanups in your community. ...
  3. Educate. ...
  4. Conserve water. ...
  5. Choose sustainable. ...
  6. Shop wisely. ...
  7. Use long-lasting light bulbs. ...
  8. Plant a tree.
Aug 11, 2021

What do people do to protect the environment? ›

You can take action to protect the environment by recycling, reusing, and composting; making better transport choices; reducing your electricity usage; buying local; donating to conservation groups; and avoiding toxic chemicals. You can also get involved in politics.

How do you maintain cleanliness? ›

Your daily cleaning checklist
  1. Make sure your clutter is tidied up during the day. ...
  2. Make sure your windows and glass doors and polished. ...
  3. Always sweep your floors. ...
  4. Ensure you mop and vacuum your floors every day as well. ...
  5. The next thing to look at is your shelves and furniture. ...
  6. Do not forget your restrooms.

What is our responsibility towards the environment? ›

Individuals are responsible for thinking about their impact on the environment and, when possible, minimize the damage they do to the planet. Everyone needs to turn on the lights at night, start the shower in the morning, turn on the air conditioning and possibly drive somewhere on Mother's Day.

How do we promote sustainability? ›

What You Can Do to Promote Sustainability?
  1. Turn off lights, computers, TVs, radios and appliances.
  2. Lower your thermostat in winter, raise it in the summer.
  3. Set the refrigerator between 38°F and 42°F, the freezer between O°F and 5°F.
  4. Take shorter showers, shut off water during brushing, add a brick to your toilet tank.

How do you write a speech to keep the environment clean? ›

We should avoid using plastic bags. Also, we should use biodegradable materials. Furthermore, we should recycle and reuse materials. We should also plant more and more trees to keep the environment clean.

How can you help to protect our environment 5 sentences? ›

Even doing something small can make a big difference.
  1. Avoid peat-based composts. ...
  2. Keep your garden or greenspace chemical free. ...
  3. Don't buy single-use plastics. ...
  4. Shop locally, shop organically. ...
  5. Record the wildlife near you. ...
  6. Re-use and Recycle. ...
  7. Reduce your carbon footprint. ...
  8. Plant pollinator-friendly plants.

What is the importance of healthy environment? ›

Human health and well-being are intimately linked to the state of the environment. Good quality natural environments provide basic needs, in terms of clean air and water, fertile land for food production, and energy and material inputs for production.

How do you maintain a healthy community? ›

Here are five ways you can improve health in your community.
  1. Practice healthy habits with kids in your life. ...
  2. Engage in your school's efforts to encourage healthy practices. ...
  3. Learn more about the decisions local officials are making that impact your environment. ...
  4. Give back healthy options to your community.
Oct 15, 2018

What is healthy environment in simple words? ›

There are many ways to define a healthy environment. It includes the air we breath, our water, our food and our surroundings. It's the chemicals, radiation and microbes as well as the physical world that we have contact with everyday.

What are the five reasons why we should keep our environment clean? ›

Let's look at top 5 benefits of maintaining a clean atmosphere at work.
  • Improves Productivity. A germ-free and a clean facility provides an environment where employees can work with energy and enthusiasm. ...
  • Reduces Absenteeism. ...
  • Projects a Good Image. ...
  • Reduces the Risk of Accidents. ...
  • Improves Employee Satisfaction.

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