Ecosystems provide a wealth of services to human populations, among them, disease regulation. But narrowly-focused development projects can threaten these ecosystems and put entire populations at risk.
Man-made flood-control systems—such as levees, upstream dams, and canals—continue to be responsible for widespread damage to the New Orleans and Louisiana landscapes.
A Guide for Decision Makers
Presents various methods that use ecosystem services—the benefits of nature such as food, fuel, natural hazard protection, pollination, and spiritual sustenance—to enable decision makers to link ecosystems and economic development.
Options for Framing Adaptation and Development
Clarifies the relationship between adaptation and development by analyzing 135 projects, policies, and other initiatives from the developing world that have been labeled by implementers or researchers as "adaptation to climate change."
The Business Case for Community Consent
This report seeks to build the "business case" for sponsors of large-scale, high-impact projects to treat the consent of the host community as a requirement of project development....
Tests and evaluates whether two information-gathering techniques -- GIS and PRA -- can be integrated to help local organizations prepare better rural development plans and make better decisions about managing their resources.
Examines voluntary participation by developing countries under an approach that reintegrates the two facets of the common but differentiated principle. Discusses the use of an alternative form of emission targets -- greenhouse gas intensity targets.
Environmental change and human health
A joint publication by the World Resources Institute, the United Nations Environment Programme, the United Nations Development Programme, and the World Bank
Explores the links between environmental quality and human health, looking both at the environmental threats associated...
Environmental lobbying in Indonesia has traditionally been done by pressuring the Indonesian state on one hand and the donor countries and global funding agencies such as the World Bank and IMF on the other hand.
This background paper addresses the question, "How has financial globalization directly and indirectly changed the context for influencing the environmental character of Mexico's development?"