Addressing Climate Change: Why Forests Matter?

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  • Over 100 countries included actions related to land-use change and forests in their nationally determined contributions to fight climate change
  • The World Bank is supporting countries in their efforts to harness the potential of forests to reduce poverty, better integrate forests into their economies, and protect and strengthen the environmental role they play
  • Forest-focused initiatives in China, Mexico and Mozambique are showing positive results, but more is needed to accelerate climate action and deliver on the Paris Agreement

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Swallowed by the Sea…Where coastal infrastructure and jobs meet climate change

Life is shifting fast for coastal communities in West Africa. In some areas, coastlines are eroding as much as 10 meters per year. Stronger storms and rising seas are wiping out homes, roads and buildings that have served as landmarks for generations.

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I was recently in West Africa to witness the effects of coastal erosion. To understand what’s going on, we took a three-country road trip, traveling from Benin’s capital Cotonou, along the coast to Lomé in Togo and then to Keta and Accra in Ghana. These three countries, among the hardest hit by coastal erosion, offer a snapshot of what is happening along the rest of the coast, from Mauritania, via Senegal to Nigeria. 

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World Bank Group Climate Change Action Plan 2016-2020

K8860_pdfClimate change poses an enormous challenge to development. By 2050, the world will have to feed 9 billion people, extend housing and services to 2 billion new urban residents, and provide universal access to affordable energy, and do so while bringing down global greenhouse gas emissions to a level that make a sustainable future possible. At the same time, floods, droughts, sea-level rise, threats to water and food security and the frequency of natural disasters will intensify, threatening to push 100 million more people into poverty in the next 15 years alone.

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eC2: Executive Education: Disaster Risk Financing and Insurance

Deadline: 30-Nov-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) vn-communitybased-disasterrisk-780x439

Objective: The objective is to develop a 4-day modular capacity building program on Disaster Risk Financing(DRF)to enhance understanding of DRF strategies and instruments for protection from natural disasters, embedded in the broader Disaster Risk Management and fiscal risk management frameworks, and build the skills of stakeholders to design and implement such strategies.

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eC2: Second Verification of Reforestation on Degraded Lands in Northwest Guangxi

Deadline: 16-Nov-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Objective: The firm will conduct Second Verification of Reforestation on Degraded Lands in Northwest Guangxi (CDM Reference No. 3561). The project activity established 6,849 ha of multiple-purposes forests on degraded lands in Longlin, Tianlin and Lingyun Counties of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in China.

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Climate-related projects 2017of the Worldbank

In FY2017, the WBG provided over $12 billion in financing for climate-related projects. Some results from our work include:

Cities:

  • In Vietnam, the World Bank has assisted the city of Can Tho to become more climate resilient and promote sustainable urbanization and transport corridors. An investment of US$ 250 million from the Bank and US$ 10 million from the Swiss Development Agency (SECO) is implemented across six development sectors to increase the city’s physical, financial and social resilience to adverse events. One of the activities involves combining a transport link and an embankment, which has multiple benefits including reducing water displacement and flooding in the Mekong Delta.climate

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eC2: Tunisia Satellite Seeps Study

Deadline: 27-Nov-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Objective:  The World Bank is seeking to procure the services of a firm to provide a radar satellite study to the ETAP, the Tunisia National Oil Company, aimed at establishing a comprehensive and homogeneous hydrocarbons seeps inventory and evaluation (quality, size, repetitiveness) of the northern offshore Tunisia between the Algerian and Italian borders (around 50 000 km2). The deliverables will be a GIS (Arcview, vector format) file with the mapping of the seeps extension over a period of 10 years from about 50 validated satellite scenes.

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eC2: The recruitment of a firm to perform study on shea butter value chain in Mali

Deadline: 25-Nov-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Objective: Shea butter is made from the nuts of the African Shea tree that only grows inmali.png the Sahel region of the continent. In Mali, one of the top shea nut-producing countries, it is estimated that three million women work directly or indirectly in the shea butter sector in Mali, producing an estimated 150,000 tons of shea. However, 95% of shea products are exported as raw material and only 5% as processed products. The current organization of butter production and commercialization activity in villages in Mali is a hindrance to real participation in the export of processed products. The current supply is not completely adapted to satisfy the international requirements of the highest paying markets, which could be a factor of the quasi-inexistent export of processed shea products in Mali. The main objective of the assignment is to prepare a comprehensive program including investment projects as well as technical assistant aiming at increasing Malian sheas value addition through a productive partnership between agro-industry players and smallholders, based on a strong analysis of the shea value chain, its organization, key players, key figures and SWOT analysis, drawing from findings of existing studies and programs on shea in Mali and in the sub-region and new analysis to be conducted by the Consultant.

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eC2: Modeling of the Return on Investments on Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn Child & Adolescent Health and Nutrition

Deadline: 23-Nov-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Objective: The Global Financing Facility in Support of Every Woman Every Child (GFF) was launched at the Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa in July 2015 as part of a global conversation about how to finance the SDGs. The vision of the GFF is to end preventable maternal, newborn, child and adolescent deaths and improve the health and quality of life of women, adolescents and children. The mission of the GFF is to build a new model for development financing for the SDG era, bringing together multiple sources of financing in a synergistic, country-led way that closes the gap in funding for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health and nutrition by 2030. The GFF uses modest amounts of grant resources catalytically, bringing programs to scale by leveraging far greater sums of domestic resources, financing from the International Development Association (IDA) and the International Bank of Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), aligned external resources, and resources from the private sector. Additionally, the GFF approach emphasizes smart financing, getting more value for money from each of these by improving efficiency. A multi-donor trust fund the GFF Trust Fund has been established at the World Bank Group to be a catalyst for this process. To date, 16 countries have been supported by the GFF Trust Fund, out of a total of 67 that are eligible for financing. More information is available at http://www.globalfinancingfacility.org.

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eC2: West Bank Solar – Legal Consultant

Deadline: 25-Nov-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Objective: The International Finance Corporation (“IFC”) is expected to be appointed as Lead Transaction Advisor to support the Palestinian Energy and Natural Resources energyAuthority (“PENRA”) in attracting private sector participation through a competitive tender for the construction and operation of 3-4 grid-connected solar PV plants (with a cumulative capacity of 15 to 25 MW) in the West Bank on an IPP basis (the “Project”). Accordingly, IFC is looking to appoint an international legal consultant (the Consultant) to (i) conduct full due diligence to identify and advice on any legal, regulatory, and policy issues that may affect the implementation of the Project; (ii) support in marketing the Project to investors and prepare tender documents as well as all required legal documentation to execute the Project; and (iii) assist in the negotiation as well as evaluation and selection of the winning bidder.

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