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The Climate Change, Environment, and Natural Resources Management


One-third of the world’s population face water scarcity; 70 percent of the world’s fisheries are depleted or overexploited; soil degradation affects 30 percent of the world’s irrigated lands, 40 percent of rain-fed agricultural lands, and 70 percent of rangelands and every year 1.0 million people die prematurely from respiratory illnesses associated with air pollution.

Likewise, a delay in reducing green house gas (GHG) emissions is likely to significantly constrain opportunities to achieve lower stabilization levels and increase the risk of more severe and irreversible impacts.

Numerous other examples exist of natural resource depletion and worsening environmental quality that disproportionately affects the poor and compromises sustained gains in well being for this and future generations.

The environment, development and institutions are fundamentally interrelated, within a general context of sustainable development. Overuse, mismanagement, and contamination of natural resources are often the negative unforeseen consequences of development efforts characterized by unclear property rights, perverse economic incentives, poor governance, and badly designed production processes. A degraded environment stalls development, exacerbates social conflict, and undermines poverty reduction efforts and growth. These impacts are more acute where livelihoods directly rely on the services of natural assets

The Climate Change, Environment and Natural Resources (CCEN) Program at WBI aims to pro-actively promote environmental improvements to achieve stronger outcomes, as its contribution to sustainable development. Examples of outcome targets include:

  • Quality of life – livelihoods, health, and vulnerability of the poor
  • Quality of growth –  urban and rural space
  • Quality of regional and global commons – climate change and environmental governance

Recent Learning Events

Strengthening Decentralized Environmental Management for 5500 Municipalities in Brazil

The program’s goal is to decentralize environmental management through capacity-building of municipal environmental managers.

February 16-March 27, 2009 On-line Course: Disaster Risk Management


The course reviews the institutional arrangements and financing mechanisms of disaster management systems, and identifies the role of national and local actors in the processes related to risk assessment, mitigation and financing.

February 2-6, 2009

Regional Forum for Africa –The Role of Sustaining Natural Capital (SNC) in Building the Wealth of Nations – Saly Portudal, Senegal


The forum served as venue for  seven multidisciplinary SNC country teams to discuss their planned reference documents on: their countries' natural resources, benefits and income generated, and investment of rents from these resources towards sustaining natural capital, reducing poverty and contributing to  economic growth.

January 26-30, 2009

Economics of Sustaining Natural Capital for Promoting Growth and Reducing Poverty, Regional Analysts Workshop - Saly, Portudal, Senegal

This workshop focused on environmental and natural resource economics principles, methods and techniques for analyzing agriculture and natural resources-related decisions targeted at sustaining natural capital, economic growth and poverty reduction.

December 4, 2008

Experts’ Workshop on SEA in East Asia Pacific Region- Hanoi, Vietnam

The workshop aimed to discuss the main lessons learnt in emerging systems of strategic environmental assessment (SEA) in selected East Asia and Pacific (EAP) countries.

December 1 - 12, 2008

14th Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change - Poznan, Poland

The fourteenth Conference of the Parties (COP 14) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change ( UNFCCC) and the fourth Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP 4) opened on December 1, 2008. 
The summary of the meeting (pdf)

Last updated: 2008-05-15

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