Environmental concerns such as pollution, erosion and deforestation affect everyone, but the poorest countries have the most to lose. They are impacted the most by environmental destruction, and have the fewest resources available to adapt. Therefore, addressing environmental degradation and ensuring environmental sustainability greatly affect the World Bank Group’s mandate to reduce poverty and improve lives.
The World Bank Group's Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice provides expertise, technical assistance and financing to help low- and middle-income countries manage land, sea and freshwater natural resources in a sustainable way that helps create jobs, improve livelihoods, enhance ecosystem services (such as carbon sequestration, pollination or water regulation), decrease pollution and increase resilience to climate change. It helps set developing countries on a clean, green growth trajectory for resilient economies and healthy communities.