Climate resilience: Nature-based solutions gain momentum at the World Bank

More than 100 World Bank projects have employed nature-based solutions during the periods 2012 to 2021, with a rapid increase since 2018. This represents a cumulative amount of commitments of around $5.5 billion (see Figure 1 ) according to a new study by the Global Program on Nature-Based Solutions for Climate Resilience (GPNBS), a specialized area under the World Bank's Global Facility for Disaster Risk Prevention and Recovery (GFDRR).

Half of these projects were hybrid, using both “green” (natural) and “gray” (built) infrastructure, while the others used fully green interventions. In addition, more than 65 % of them were designed or implemented with the participation of the population, which made it possible to address local needs while fostering the support of the communities involved. Similarly, 65 % of these projects received the “Gender” label from the World Bank, meaning that they strived to address gender disparities through analysis, targeted actions, and tracking indicators to measure results.

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