Groundwater has played a significant role in the maintenance of India’s economy, environment, and standard of living. India is the largest groundwater user in the world. Through the construction of millions of private wells, there has been a phenomenal growth in the exploitation of groundwater in the last five decades.

Irrigation water reallocations are playing an increasingly important role both in developed and developing countries. With growing urban and environmental water demands, rising cost for the development of new water supplies, and irrigated agriculture usually including the least economically valuable use of water, transfers of irrigation water to alternative uses are increasing.

This report analysis the brick sector in Bangladesh and assesses the feasibility of cleaner alternative technologies. Chapter 1 introduces the rationale and study objectives. An overview of the challenges and opportunities of the brick sector is presented in Chapter 2.

Buses are the most common form of urban transit but, in the developing world, are often seen as inefficient and polluting. It is well known that buses that are properly tuned and adjusted tend to be cleaner, safer and consume less fuel than poorly maintained buses.

This study provides the review of two World Bank experts on the 19 household projects supported by the Bank.

This study aims to strengthen the understanding of the vulnerability of Kolkata from increased precipitation caused by climate change effects with a specific goal to: compile a data base with past weather related information and damage caused by extreme weather related episodes; develop hydrological, hydraulic, and storm drainage models to ident

This practical guide on responding to the challenges of climate change adaptation in cities offers examples of good practices and successful experiences, and describes other available resource materials and tools.

This publication examines the role of foundations, trusts, and funds (FTFs) in delivering benefits derived from mining projects in the developing world. Chapter two addresses the necessity of sharing benefits from mining projects and identifies the situations under which a dedicated instrument such as an FTF can support that process.

This World Bank report analyzes existing renewable energy schemes supporting concentrated solar power (CSP) and proposes measures to scale up CSP promotion. It highlights the potential of CSP technologies to scale up renewable energy at the utility level, diversifying the generation portfolio mix, powering development, and mitigating climate change. It also evaluates the effectiveness of existing schemes in Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, India and South Africa.

During the Carbon Expo taking place in Barcelona, Spain, the World Bank released the 2011 edition of its State and Trends of the Carbon Market Report, which indicates a slight decline in carbon markets compared to 2009.