The report indicates that climate change is a threat to all countries, but particularly developing ones. Therefore, understanding what climate change means for development policy is the central aim of the World Development Report 2010. It explores how public policy can change to better help people cope with new or worsened risks, how land and water management must adapt to better protect a threatened natural environment while feeding an expanding and more prosperous population, and how energy systems will need to be transformed.
The report is an urgent call for action, both for developing countries who are striving to ensure policies are adapted to the realities and dangers of a hotter planet, and for high-income countries who need to undertake ambitious mitigation while supporting developing countries efforts. In the crowded field of climate change reports, WDR 2010 uniquely: Emphasizes development; takes an integrated look at adaptation and mitigation; highlights opportunities in the changing competitive landscape and how to seize them; proposes policy solutions grounded in analytic work and in the context of the political economy of reform.
The report is accessible at the following URL: http://publications.worldbank.org/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=0&products_id=23631
A hard copy of the report is available in the BIDPA Library.