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About the Environment Strategy

On July 17, 2001, the World Bank Group's Board of Directors endorsed the Environment Strategy titled Making Sustainable Commitments: An Environment Strategy for the World Bank. The document outlined how the World Bank would work with its client countries to address their environmental challenges and ensure that projects and programs integrate principles of environmental sustainability.

The Environment Strategy 2001 provided a vision, objectives, and a course of action and suggested specific actions, targets, and institutional measures with regard to the environment for about a decade. In the 2008 evaluation of the Bank’s environmental performance, the Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) noted that the WBG has made progress since 1990 as an advocate for the environment. However, it also identified external and internal constraints to the treatment of environmental issues in many WBG country programs. 

The WBG fully embraced the fact that climate change has a serious impact on development gains in client countries and is a potentially serious risk for industry, investors and financial institutions. With the preparation of its new Environment Strategy 2010, the recent adoption of the Strategic Framework on Development and Climate Change and other developments in strategic areas such as Water, Urban Development, Energy, Education and the Review and Update of IFC's Sustainability Framework, the World Bank Group is determined to strengthen its support so that its clients are better positioned to carve out a sustainable growth path.

Expected to be completed by Spring 2011, the new strategy will build on the lessons learned during the last decade and it will take into account the inputs from the ongoing anayltical work on key strategic areas and the ongoing global and regional consultations.

The Environment Strategy 2010 Consultations website provides access to key documents and related information on the consultations process. So please visit us regularly for periodic updates and join us on the consultations.

Last updated: 2010-11-03

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