What IPCC climate projections mean for World Bank energy projects in Africa

 

We already knew climate change would be a major threat to development gains in Africa, but a blog_senegal_energy_-_with_wbg_cop27_branding_fullrecent report by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reveals the impacts could be significantly worse. Across the continent, research indicates with greater precision and certainty the future increases in flooding severity and extreme weather events over the coming decades. Among the findings: In West Africa, the number of potentially lethal heat days reaches 50–150 per year at 1.6°C global warming and 100–250 per year at 2.5°C global warming, with the highest increases in coastal regions; In Southern Africa, heavy rainfall events would become more frequent and intense at all levels of global warming, increasing exposure to flooding; and, at 2°C global warming, unprecedented extreme droughts are projected to emerge. These are alarming projections given that the continent is the least responsible for climate change but most vulnerable to its consequences.

Yet even as the climate crisis accelerates, Africa needs to close its huge energy access gap and achieve its development goals. Millions of people across Africa still lack access to basic electricity services.  Communities still live without reliable and affordable electricity needed to deliver social services and to be more resilient, better prepared, and more responsive when disasters hit.

“Yet even as the climate crisis accelerates, Africa needs to close its huge energy access gap and achieve its development goals.

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eC2: Baghdad Water Security Strategic Plan

Deadline: 27-Jun-2022 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)water_hero

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eC2: Study on Climate and Natural Hazard-Induced Migration in Vietnam

Deadline:  20-Jun-2022 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)global-warming-climate-change-tree_1big_stock2

Vietnam is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to climate change. Given Vietnams concentration of both population and industry in low-lying coastal areas and river
deltas, sea level rise poses a particular risk to continued development in the country.
The World Bank East Asia and the Pacific (EAP1) is conducting a Study on Climate and Natural Hazard-Induced Migration in Vietnam. The objective of the research is to better understand how vulnerable population groups in urban and rural settings projected to see high climate induced in- and out-migration are particularly (and differently) affected by climate change, what adaptation measures are currently being employed, and what policy makers and government programs might do to reduce barriers or facilitate opportunities for more effective and inclusive adaptation to climate change. In so doing, the research would help to better understand and respond to disaster risks, to reduce the number of people adversely affected by disasters, and to promote adaptation that leverages community resilience. The World Bank East Asia and the Pacific (EAP1) is looking for a qualified and experienced research firm or organization based in Vietnam to carry out the analytical work. If you encounter technical difficulties while uploading documents, please send an e-mail to the Help Desk at wbgeconsultant@worldbank.org.

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eC2: Exploring the Links between Climate Change, Migration and Livelihood in Forest Communities in Vietnam

Deadline: 20-Jun-2022 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)Forestry

Vietnam is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to climate change. Forests play a crucial role in averting climate catastrophe. The World Bank East Asia and the Pacific (EAP1) is conducting a study on Exploring the Links between Climate Change, Migration and Livelihood in Forest Communities in Vietnam. The objective of this analytical work is to understand the links between climate change impacts, migration, and livelihood strategies among forest communities in Vietnam. It will examine the impacts of climate change on forest communities, which include identifying differential vulnerabilities faced by forest communities and exploring communities perceptions, experiences, and responses toward climate change impacts in relation to livelihood strategies (including through migration), food security, and other areas of interest. This in turn would help in identifying

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eC2: Reinforcing the capacities of meteorological and hydrological services and enhancing the early warning systems in Cambodia and Lao Peoples Democratic Republic (CREWS Cambodia and Lao PDR)

Deadline: 16-Jun-2022 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)vn-communitybased-disasterrisk-780x439

The Reinforcing the capacities of meteorological and hydrological services and enhancing the early warning systems in Cambodia and Lao Peoples Democratic Republic (CREWS Cambodia and Lao PDR) project jointly implemented by the World Bank (WB), World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) along with the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) and National Disaster Management Offices (NDMOs) of Cambodia and Lao PDR is aimed at reducing the human and socioeconomic impact caused by disasters such as floods, droughts, landslides and severe weather, through increased access to early warnings and risk information. As part of the CREWS project, the World Bank is conducting needs assessments of the NMHSs to strengthen hydromet networks for end-to-end early warning in Cambodia and Lao PDR and to develop investment plans to address identified needs.

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eC2: Climate Change Impact and Adaptation Modeling for Zimbabwe

Deadline: 07-Jun-2022 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) climate

Climate change is a major risk to good development outcomes, and the World Bank Group is committed to playing a role in helping countries integrate climate action into their core development agendas. The Country Climate and Development Reports (CCDRs) aim to help countries shift from addressing adaptation as an incremental cost and isolated investment to systematically incorporating climate risks and opportunities at every phase of policy planning, investment design, implementation and evaluation of development outcomes.

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Recap Spring Meeting Events

REPLAYS

In his speech at the Warsaw School of Economics ahead of the 2022 Spring Meetings, titled “Addressing Challenges to Growth, Security, and Stability,” World Bank Group President David Malpass discussed the millions who are suffering amid massive reversals in development and outlined actions the global community can take to help address this situation. Read the full speech here, which was broadcast live from Poland, a country that has taken in over 2.3 million Ukrainian refugees fleeing war.

April 19 | 11:30 AM EDT 

The Way Forward: 

Responding to Global Shocks and Managing Uncertainty

Responding to Global Shocks and Managing Uncertainty
IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva and World Bank Group President David Malpass kicked off the 2022 Spring Meetings, emphasizing the need for increased debt transparency when debt levels are already high, and urged advanced economies to adjust their policies and improve access to markets, especially during the current food crisis. They also highlighted the immediate response both institutions are providing Ukraine and also discussed how to support the rebuilding of the country. #ResilientFuture
 
World Bank Group President David Malpass addressed the press during the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group 2022 Spring Meetings. He provided updates on the Bank Group’s efforts to respond to myriad crises around the world, as well as to help developing countries manage uncertainty and deliver green, resilient and inclusive development. #ResilientFuture
As developing countries struggle to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, digital solutions are enabling economic transformation and putting them on a path toward green, resilient, and inclusive growth. Private and public investment in digital solutions is bringing critical services to the poorest, creating jobs, strengthening small and medium businesses, enabling trade and services, and building resilience to shocks. Catch our replay and learn more. #PowerofDigital
 

April 21 | 11:00 AM EDT 

Financing Climate Action
 
Financing Climate Action lays out the complexities of tackling climate and development objectives together amid a geopolitical landscape characterized by conflict, rising prices, and intensifying climate impacts. Several pressing issues are addressed in a series of conversations, from the cost of phasing out coal and the scale of the climate risk we face, to the need to de-risk investments in low-carbon and energy efficiency projects in developing countries, and the expectations for COP27 in Egypt.  #Finance4Climate
 

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky joined this roundtable discussion with the World Bank Group via video link from Ukraine. He spoke about the enormous humanitarian and economic costs of the Russian invasion on Ukraine – including the widespread destruction of schools, nurseries and universities. The World Bank Group estimates the Russian invasion has caused almost $60 billion in physical damage to buildings and infrastructure. The event was hosted by the World Bank Group and the Government of Ukraine.

 

April 22 | 12:00 PM EDT

On the Frontlines of Rising Fragility

By 2030, up to two-thirds of the world’s extreme poor could live in fragility, conflict, and violence (FCV) settings, so without addressing the challenges in these economies, we will not succeed in our mission to eradicate extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. During this event, we heard from David Malpass, President of the World Bank Group, as well as partners and country representatives on how to stay engaged during times of crisis and meet the challenges in new and innovative ways. #RisingFragility

 

April 22 | 2:30 PM EDT

Preserving Open Trade

At a time when the global economy is coping with multiple shocks, including the pandemic, the Russian invasion of Ukraine and supply chain disruptions to food and other goods, governments are increasingly turning to subsidies for relief. But the costs can be very high, in terms of public spending and distorted incentives for investment and consumption. In this event, the heads of the four key global economic policy institutions—the World Bank Group, the IMF, the OECD and the WTO—discussed the importance of trade and global cooperation for overcoming current challenges and implications of subsidies for markets and poor countries.  #UnleashTrade

 

April 23 | 11:00 AM EDT

Invest in People

Now–more than at any other time in living memory–human capital is being dealt devastating blows by conflict, climate change, and the COVID-19 pandemic. The losses to learning, health outcomes, livelihoods, and gender equality have immediate and long-term impacts on people’s well-being and can undermine economic recovery and prosperity for years. Listen to leaders, innovators and change makers who are taking action to put people at the heart of recovery. #InvestInPeople

 
 

Getting it right on development: We do not have to choose between people and climate

There is no doubt that climate change is profoundly unjust.  The world’s poorest countries did cif_south_africa_50268208563_6a25241b63_o_1the least to contribute to global emissions historically and poorer people within countries emit less than their rich neighbors. Nonetheless, poorer countries and poorer people are more vulnerable to climate impacts. They tend to be more exposed to climate change impacts, for instance living in places exposed to floods, working in occupations like agriculture, or lacking access to improved water and sanitation. And they have fewer resources to adapt and invest in protecting themselves.  

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A just transition away from coal: Vital for people and planet

Helping countries transition to clean energy systems while meeting growing energy demand is one of the greatest development challenges of our time. Access to electricity is key to creating new jobs and supporting vital services, such as lighting, cooling, modern healthcare, better education, and affordable broadband. 

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Making Climate Action Count: Turning Ambition Into Reality

Two weeks ahead of a pivotal meeting on climate change (COP26), the Annual Meetings event Making Climate Action Count: Turning Ambition Into Reality brought together global leaders, prominent climate advocates and climate champions from several countries to discuss what the world needs to do to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. Followed on social media with the hashtag #Voices4Climate, the event also took the audience on a virtual journey around the globe, showing how countries from Vietnam to Brazil are working towards a more sustainable and resilient future.

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