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World Bank allocates $728 million to boost Pakistan’s climate resilience

Washington (UNA-OIC) � The World Bank is committing $728 million through four projects to put Pakistan on the path of climate resilient development, which will benefit millions of its citizens.

These projects will protect the environment and improve the quality of life in cities while being engines of growth and promoting sustainable water management through efficient irrigation, robust weather forecasting and improved disaster preparedness, the Bank said in a statement on Friday.

The projects offer wide-ranging support to address climate vulnerability and variability by strengthening institutions and systems and investing in priority infrastructure in rural and urban areas, said World Bank Country Director for Pakistan Illango Patchamuthu.

Millions of Pakistanis will benefit from improved irrigation, weather services, and resilience to natural disasters. At the same time, Punjab’s cities will benefit from investments to improve infrastructure and local services while protecting its environment, he added.

The $188 million Hydro met and Disaster Risk Management Services Project will help Pakistan deliver more reliable and timely weather forecasting and disaster risk management services, the statement said.

It added that the Sindh Barrages Improvement Project will benefit from $140 million in additional financing to help improve the reliability and safety of the Guddu and Sukkur Barrages and strengthen the Sindh Irrigation Department’s ability to operate and manage them.

The $200 million Punjab Green Development Program will strengthen the province’s environmental management through empowering its departments to provide better environmental services to citizens and the private sector, with a focus on strengthening the capacity of the Environment Protection Department. It will help modernize laws and regulations and promote investments in cleaner technologies to reduce air and water pollution.

The statement pointed out that the $200 million Punjab Cities Program will benefit 4.1 million people in 16 urban areas by strengthening local governments’ ability to deliver basic and green infrastructure. The program will also build systems to improve transparency, accountability, and responsiveness of municipal committees and other structures.

International Development Association (IDA), the concessional financing arm of the World Bank, is funding all four projects, according to the statement.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

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