Faced with mounting shortages of water, a worsening trend in water pollution and growing damages from climate change, the international community must find additional ways to support countries in managing their water resources.

India is the largest groundwater user in the world, with an estimated usage of around 230 cubic kilometers per year, more than a quarter of the global total. With more than 60 percent of irrigated agriculture and 85 percent of drinking water supplies dependent on it, groundwater is a vital resource for rural areas in India.

This reports says that World Bank is to support the development priorities of countries in South Asia by addressing climate change related risks and harnessing development opportunities that promote low-carbon growth.

Initiated in 2005, this study was requested by the government of India to develop the analytical capacity required to help identify low-carbon growth opportunities, up to 2032, in major sectors of the economy; and facilitate informed decision making by improving the knowledge base and raising national and international awareness of India’s efforts to address global climate change.

This paper attempts to contribute to the discussion of scaling-up the recognition of tenure rights within the efforts to reduce forest carbon emissions and to put the costs of recognizing tenure rights in a broader perspective.

Today, 370 million people live in cities in earthquake prone areas and 310 million in cities with high probability of tropical cyclones. By 2050, these numbers are likely to more than double. Mortality risk therefore is highly concentrated in many of the world

This report is the fifth in the series documenting the World Bank Group

This Annual Review of Development Effectiveness (ARDE) 2009 is being written against the backdrop of a global financial crisis, declining growth, and massive fiscal stimulus efforts to revitalize markets. Demand for greater development support from the World Bank has grown, along with concerns that resources be used effectively and efficiently to achieve their development

Climate change is a serious risk to poverty reduction and threatens to undo decades of development efforts. As the Johannesburg Declaration on Sustainable Development states,

This study uses an evidence-based approach to provide insights
into developing and maintaining collaborative arrangements in the
forest sector. It aims to inform discussions and approaches to forest partnership and benefit-sharing arrangements. It also offers guidance on how to implement key factors that influence contract-based forest partnerships and benefit-sharing arrangements.

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