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This document is a part of the Bank's present efforts to check the development remodeled the prior 5 years and to make plans for enhanced effectiveness for the longer term.

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Advancing sustainable development: the World Bank and Agenda 21

This document is a part of the Bank's present efforts to study the growth revamped the previous 5 years and to make plans for superior effectiveness for the long run.

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Steeds (Agriculture and Natural Resources Department). 8. Combating Deforestation. James J. Douglas (Agriculture and Natural Resources Department). 9. Managing Fragile Ecosystems: Combating Desertification and Drought. Walter J. Lusigi (Global Environment Facility Secretariat) and David R. Steeds (Agriculture and Natural Resources Department). 10. Linking Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development. David R. Steeds (Agriculture and Natural Resources Department). Page x 11. Conserving Biological Diversity.

These resulted in a new focus on improved land, water, and forest management. For land, recent emphasis has included moving to costeffective types of soil and moisture conservation, encouraging market-based land reform, and shifting toward decentralized rural development. For water, emphasis has been on a more integrated approach to include both supply and demand management, such as encouraging decentralization and local management. In the face of water scarcity and water pollution that increasingly jeopardize the lives of millions of people in developing countries, an international consensus has emerged on the fundamental principles for improving water management.

In Latin America alone, one estimate is that 6 million minors are victims of severe maltreatment, and 80,000 die each year. Some transition economies have seen an escalating spiral of collapse of trust, violence, and economic debacle. The de facto disappearance of government from many economic and social functions has forced millions of people to rely on informal, hidden, and sometimes illegal activities to survive. Crime and violence hurt development by eroding human and social capital and by destroying physical infrastructure.

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