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About Us

The World Bank's mission of poverty alleviation includes a requirement for sustainable development, which makes the environment an integral part of the development challenge. This demands that special attention must be paid to how the environment links poverty, economics, and people. The Bank can assist countries in understand the linkages between poverty and the environment, mainstream the environment into country programs, and measure progress through environmental indicators.

The Bank's Environment Strategy reaffirms a commitment to sustainable development and outlines three main objectives:

  • improve the quality of life
  • improve the quality of growth
  • protect the quality of the regional and global commons.

The work on environmental economics and indicators is done by the World Bank Group's Policy and Economics Team. Current work programs include:

  • analyzing poverty and environment linkages;
  • assisting countries to mainstream the environment into Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers;
  • advising World Bank staff on mainstreaming the environment into project and programmatic lending, as well as the country assistance strategies;
  • contributing to improve project and program design by piloting and building capacity in environmental valuation and payments for ecological services;
  • acting as a focal point for the development of environmental indicators which are essential to monitor progress.

More details on our current work program and outputs generated by the team can be found on this website. To know who the members of the team are, please visit the "People' section.

To contact the Policy and Economics Team, please send an email to or contact us at:

Policy and Economics Team
Environment Department
The World Bank
1818 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20433

Telephone: +1 202 473 8971
Fax: +1 202 522 1735

Last updated: 2010-05-24

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