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Assessing the Environmental Co-Benefits of Climate Change Actions

Authors: Kirk Hamilton (Lead Environmental Economist) and Sameer Akbar (Senior Environmental Specialist)

PDF file Paper (November 15, 2010)

The primary objective of this background paper is to assess the potential for climate change mitigation and adaptation actions to provide environmental co-benefits, particularly in the quality of environmental media, flow of ecosystem services, and maintenance of biodiversity. To accomplish this, the paper is organized in five sections:

1. Provision of an organizing framework to identify and classify potential co-benefits.
2. Summary of the external literature on co-benefits.
3. Review of examples from the World Bank portfolio.
4. Initial thoughts on creation of enabling conditions for co-benefit provision.
5. Review of implications for the Environment Strategy. 


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Last updated: 2010-11-16

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