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Urvashi Narain

Lead Economist; Environment, Natural Resources, and Blue Economy

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Urvashi Narain is a lead economist in the World Bank’s Environment, Natural Resources, and Blue Economy global practice, with over 20 years’ experience on issues at the intersection of environment and development policy.  Her areas of expertise span from climate change adaptation, air pollution management, and watershed management, to nature-based tourism.  She recently led the Malawi Country Climate and Development Report, a new diagnostic on the interplay between development and climate change.  In 2016 she led the World Bank publication: The Cost of Air Pollution: Strengthening the Economic Case for Action that influenced World Bank operations in air quality management across South Asia, Middle East and North Africa, and Eastern Europe and Central Asia.   For the past ten years she has developed a partnership with the Natural Capital Project to bring innovative tools to World Bank operations on watershed management mapping, valuing, and prioritizing investments in ecosystem services.    Until recently she led the Nature-based Tourism Community at the World Bank, and currently leads the Environmental Economics Community, a group of 40 environmental economists at the World Bank.  She has published widely in peer-reviewed journals including Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Environmental and Resource Economics, and Land Economics.