World Bank Group Climate Change Action Plan 2021–2025: Supporting Green, Resilient, and Inclusive Development

Jul 14

The World Bank Group has a new Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) 2021-2025 to guide its interventions over the next five years. The plan, published on June 22, 2021 broadly lays out how the World Bank will support climate action – both mitigation and adaptation efforts – for our clients – government and private sector - over the coming 5 years.

The Climate Change Action Plan 2021–2025 aims to advance the climate change aspects of the WBG’s Green, Resilient, and Inclusive Development (GRID) approach, which pursues poverty eradication and shared prosperity with a sustainability lens. In the Action Plan, we will support countries and private sector clients to maximize the impact of climate finance, aiming for measurable improvements in adaptation and resilience and measurable reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The Action Plan also considers the vital importance of natural capital, biodiversity, and ecosystems services and will increase support for nature-based solutions, given their importance for both mitigation and adaptation.

As part of our effort to drive climate action, the WBG has a long-standing record of participating in key partnerships and high-level forums aimed at enhancing global efforts to address climate change. The new Action Plan represents a shift from efforts to “green” projects, to greening entire economies, and from focusing on inputs, to focusing on impacts. It focuses on:

  1. integrating climate and development;
  2. identifying and prioritizing action on the largest mitigation and adaptation opportunities; and
  3. using those to drive our climate finance and leverage private capital in ways that deliver the most results.

That means helping the largest emitters flatten the emissions curve and accelerate the downward trend and ramping up financing on adaptation to help countries and private sector clients prepare for and adapt to climate change while pursuing broader development objectives through the GRID approach.

Finally, the Action Plan also indicates a step up to support to countries and companies to address financial risks that arise from both slow-onset and sudden-onset climate change impacts. The Bank is already helping countries protect their populations through the Disaster Risk Financing and Insurance Program (DRFIP). The program provides technical advice and grant finance to implement comprehensive financial protection strategies, bringing together sovereign disaster-risk financing, agricultural insurance, property catastrophe risk insurance, and scalable social protection programs.

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Download the Climate Change Action Plan 2021-2025 here