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Pollution Management

Author: Helena Naber, Environmental Economist

PDF file Final Paper (Nov. 10, 2010)

The World Bank Group has been active in public and private sector pollution management for the past several decades. The Bank has mainstreamed environmental health concerns into its rural and urban services through projects that improved the management of solid and hazardous waste and wastewater, and controlled pollution related to a large variety of sectors including transport, industry, energy, and mining, with each decade having its flagship issues and projects.

The main objective of this paper is to provide inputs to the preparation of the new Environment Strategy on how the WBG can be more effective in providing support on pollution management to clients. The paper addresses one primary question: In a changing global context, what is the role of the WBG in pollution management? To that end the paper will:

• Carry out desktop review and analysis of the WBG portfolio from fiscal year 1990 till the present with focus on activities since 2001 (the date of issue of the Environment Strategy 2001) with the aim of reviewing typologies of pollution management products and their trends over time.

• Identify the current and future drivers and internal and external limiting factors for client demand for the pollution management portfolio with the aim of better understanding the broader context of client demand for these projects.

• Assess good practice on pollution management within and across the WBG portfolio to highlight models for better practice and enhanced collaboration.

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Last updated: 2010-11-10

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