South Asia is considered the world’s fastest growing region with 7 percent GDP growth in 2015, led by India. Although the region comprises 3 percent of the world’s land area, it is home to more than 23 percent of the world’s population and at least 14 percent of its urban population. The region is particularly vulnerable to climate change because of its large population and vast low-altitude agricultural and economic activities. In India and Bangladesh alone, opportunities for climate-smart investing outlined in the countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) total an estimated $2.2 trillion by 2030, 69 percent of which is for new construction of green buildings.
IFC South Asia Region and IFC Climate Business are pleased to announce the “IFC Climate Business Forum 2017” to take place in New Delhi, India, November 29-30, 2017. This is a two-day client-focused event designed as a forum of knowledge exchange, a platform of showcasing innovative approaches to climate-smart projects, as well as an important opportunity for networking and new business development in the region in a multitude of climate-smart industries.