What it's about:
The World Bank pledged $728 million towards climate resilience projects in Pakistan last week.
The funding will go towards four projects aimed at improving quality of life for urban residents, and promoting sustainable water management through accurate forecasting and disaster risk reduction, Pakistani newspaper The Nation reports.
One of the projects, the $200-million Punjab Green Development Program, will focus on strengthening the region’s environmental protection department and promoting investment in clean technology.
Another scheme, the Sindh Barrages Improvement Project, will receive $140 million to improve the safety of diversion dams, with the aim of providing reliable water supply to 14 canals and reducing floods.
Why it's noteworthy:
Pakistan is one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to climate change, frequently experiencing prolonged periods of drought and natural disasters. The South Asian country has incurred $18 billion in climate-related losses over the past decade.
In 2016, Pakistan-administered Kashmir was overwhelmed by deadly floods, which forced thousands from their homes and left many others injured or dead.
This year’s spring season - hotter, shorter and earlier than usual - has slashed harvests across the country and left many farmers struggling to maintain their livelihoods.
The resilience projects will help Pakistan’s government predict changing weather patterns and prepare for disasters, as well as improve water management in rural areas, according to Illango Patchamuthu, World Bank country head for Pakistan.
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