World Bank Commits $728 Million to Help Pakistan Combat Climate Change

The World Bank is committing $728 million for four projects in Pakistan that will help protect against the effects of climate change, and benefit millions of its citizens. These projects will protect the environment and improve quality of life in cities while serving as engines of growth, and promoting sustainable water management through efficient irrigation, robust weather forecasting and improved disaster preparedness.

“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 Illango Patchamuthu, World Bank Country Director for Pakistan.

“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.”

Hydro Met and Disaster Risk Management Services Project

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.

Pakistan suffered $18 billion in losses between 2005 and 2014 (with $10.5 billion from the 2010 floods alone) due to the adverse impact of climate change. The project will help increase preparation levels as well as increase the country’s resilience to natural disasters and climate change, and improve water management for agricultural purposes.

The Sindh Barrages Improvement Project

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 rehabilitation and modernization of Sukkur Barrage will provide reliable water supply to 14 canals and reduce floods. This project will also ensure the barrage’s capacity to safely pass floods up to 1.3 million cusecs. This will be achieved under the oversight of a newly-established Barrage Monitoring Unit.

Punjab Green Development Program

The $200 million Punjab Green Development Program will strengthen the province’s environmental management efforts by 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.


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It will help modernize laws and regulations, and promote investments in cleaner technologies to reduce air and water pollution.

Punjab Cities Program

The $200 million Punjab Cities Program will benefit 4.1 million people in 16 urban areas by strengthening the 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, the concessional financing arm of the World Bank, is funding all four projects.


  • Adnan

    28 Million Dollar invest in Pakistan & rest of 700 Million Dollar will be transfer into Politician Pocket equally.

    • Irfan Ahmad Sial

      right decision

    • Ahtysham Afzal

      Zero invested in Pakistan!

  • Karachi Wala

    Dear World Bank,

    Please do something for the karachi people and our safety.

    Bomb blasts sai jan chuti tou street criminals ke jannaat karachi ban gaya hai.

    MQM, PPP did nothing for karachi but looted us and still looting us.

    We don’t have any expectations from PML(N) cause only punjab is pakistan for them.

    Karachi city is ruined and destroyed. Can world help us !

    • Adnan

      World Bank seeing the situation of Karachi they are willing to help us but All political party didn’t want to take any action for Karachi in favor of residence people.

  • hahah

    And yet no project for KP

  • Atif

    Pakistan cannot combat climate change and is poised to fail soon. Do we have any policy? I went to car wash yesterday in Islamabad, guys there make enormous use of water (precious underground water). There is no policy, nobody checks them. No body even taxes them for that. No developed and sane country or nation allows such brutal use of underground water. Same is the case with agriculture. Go to any village in any of the provinces, you’d find thousands of tube wells sucking up water from ground, being run on stolen electricity and there is no check and balance. I went to check Simbli dam on Saturday, it has completely dried up, all mud visible there. Water supply to Islamabad is hardly able to coup with moderate use. People are free to drill bores wherever they want and waste as much water as we want. Do you think there exists any other lawless country like us on earth? What if (and most likely so), this monsoon too doesn’t bring much rain? 40% was the shortage last year, same is expected this year? What have we done? We are not a nation but a bunch of monkeys relying on God to save us. That doesn’t happen? As you sow, so shall you reap and our time is almost there.