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DEC research on climate change focuses on impacts and adaptation; mitigation; and international responses.

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What is the Bank’s principal mission on climate finance and mitigation? Jon Strand (Mar. 2013)
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Coastal wetlands highly vulnerable to sea-level rise

(Mar. 2013)
Sea-level rise by a meter from climate change could destroy more than 60 percent of the developing world's coastal wetlands currently found at one meter or less elevation.  
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River salinity and climate change : evidence from coastal Bangladesh
In a changing climate, saltwater intrusion is expected to worsen in low-lying coastal areas around the world. Understanding the physical and economic effects of salinity ingress, and planning adaptation, are key to the long-term development of countries for which sea level rise has been identified as a major risk from climate change.
Working Paper 6817, March 2014

Implementation of REDD+ Mechanisms in Tanzania
This paper explains the major issues and lessons derived from the national forest management program and REDD+ initiatives in Tanzania. It finds that addressing the most important drivers of forest degradation and deforestation, in particular the country energy needs and landownership, is essential for success in reducing emissions regardless of the type of program implemented
Working Paper 6815, March  2014

Dynamic climate policy with both strategic and non-strategic agents : taxes versus quantities 
This paper studies a dynamic game where each of two large blocs, of fossil fuel importers and exporters respectively, sets either taxes or quotas to exercise power in fossil-fuel markets. The main novel feature is the inclusion of a "fringe" of non- strategic (emerging and developing) countries which both consume and produce fossil fuels.
Working Paper 6679, October  2013

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 Research focus



Impacts and adaptation
Impacts of climate change on water, land, coastal areas; options for reducing adverse consequences of these impacts for economic development and human well-being.


Drivers of greenhouse gas emissions in energy and other sectors; the design of policies and measures for mitigating emissions.


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Related links
World Bank web sites and reports related to operational work on climate change.


 Contacts Core Team

Mike Toman


Susmita Dasgupta
Uwe Deichmann 
Donald Larson
Jon Strand
Govinda Timilsina  
Aaditya Mattoo

Archived - previous research on climate change. 

 World Bank Research on Climate Change

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The following policy research working papers are drawn from the World Bank's institutional archives. Each link opens a page with an abstract of the document and several download options. For working papers before 2007, please use document search at


WPS6815Implementation of REDD+ mechanisms in TanzaniaSalas, Paula Cordero2014/03
WPS6817River salinity and climate change : evidence from coastal BangladeshDasgupta, Susmita; Kamal, Farhana Akhter; Khan, Zahirul Huque; Choudhury, Sharifuzzaman; Nishat, Ainun2014/03
WPS6679Dynamic climate policy with both strategic and non-strategic agents : taxes versus quantitiesKarp, Larry ; Siddiqui, Sauleh; Strand, Jon2013/10
WPS6516Climate change in the Himalayas : current state of knowledgeGautam, Mahesh R.; Timilsina, Govinda R.; Acharya, Kumud2013/06
WPS6521Cooperation and reciprocity in carbon sequestration contractsCordero Salas, Paula2013/06

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