Midgley, Amelia

Water Global Practice, The World Bank
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Resilient infrastructure, Climate change, Water resource management
Water Global Practice, The World Bank
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Last updated May 16, 2023
Amelia is currently an Economist at the World Bank, working in the Water Global Practice. Amelia completed her first year as Young Professional in the Climate Change Group. Amelia’s technical interests include natural resource management, climate resilient development and transboundary water management. Before joining the World Bank, Amelia was an associate at Genesis Analytics, a management consulting firm based in South Africa, and worked in their Infrastructure and Public-Private Partnerships Practice. Between 2015 and 2017, Amelia formed part of the economic appraisal team at the Climate Resilient Infrastructure Development Facility, a DFID flagship water project in SADC.

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    Assessing the Benefits and Costs of Nature-Based Solutions for Climate Resilience: A Guideline for Project Developers
    (World Bank, 2023-05-12) Van Zanten, Boris Ton ; Gutierrez Goizueta, Gonzalo ; Brander, Luke Mckinnon ; Gonzalez Reguero, Borja ; Griffin, Robert ; Macleod, Kavita Kapur ; Alves Beloqui, Alida Ivana ; Midgley, Amelia ; Herrera Garcia, Luis Diego ; Jongman, Brenden
    This document aims to guide the design, implementation, and use of studies to value the benefits and costs of Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) for climate resilience projects. Reliable quantification of the costs and benefits of NBS for climate resilience can facilitate further mainstreaming of these interventions by articulating the value proposition of NBS across sectors, improve impact evaluation, and for identifying additional funding and financing for projects. This report provides an overview of methods and approaches, along with a decision framework to guide the design of NBS cost and benefit assessment. The decision framework presented should enable project developers to come up with a cost-effective approach for quantifying the benefits and costs of NBS that is effective and convincing in the context of climate resilience projects. To illustrate this in practical applications, eight case studies from World Bank projects are also included to better show how different valuation methods are applied in the field.
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    Moldova: Water Security Diagnostic and Future Outlook
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2020-11-18) Smets, Susanna ; Midgley, Amelia ; Mao, Zhimin ; Vladicescu, Veaceslav ; Neumann, James E. ; Strzepek, Ken ; Pricop, Felicia
    Over the past two decades Moldova has achieved major development results: poverty more than halved between 2007 and 2014, and shared prosperity for the poorest households rose sharply. Yet Moldova’s growth model is volatile, unsustainable, and is losing strength. Water underpins much of Moldova’s ability to rekindle dynamism in its economy and to provide outcomes for the health and well-being of its people and environment. Yet gaps remain in understanding the country’s water resources endowments. This diagnostic suggests that in 2018 water availability is not a binding constraint to development. Even in the presence of future changes in demand, there are limited or manageable physical constraints to water security. Going beyond a focus on the water balance, this report assesses Moldova’s water security and identifies important water-related challenges that may hinder progress in economic and human development. Moldova’s water security is threatened by poor infrastructure and suboptimal institutional performance. Through an assessment of service delivery, water resources management and risk mitigation, and an analysis of institutional arrangements and sector expenditure data, this diagnostic establishes a set of policy recommendations on how water should be sustained and leveraged to support Moldova’s development. This report provides a new, comprehensive, and balanced view of water security in Moldova, highlighting the complex water issues that Moldova must tackle to improve its water security. It seeks to elevate water security as an issue critical for national development by providing stakeholders with a stocktaking and outlook on water-related risks, and opportunities in which water can contribute to economic growth and poverty reduction.
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    Diversification and Cooperation in a Decarbonizing World: Climate Strategies for Fossil Fuel-Dependent Countries
    (Washington, DC: World Bank, 2020-07-02) Peszko, Grzegorz ; van der Mensbrugghe, Dominique ; Golub, Alexander ; Ward, John ; Zenghelis, Dimitri ; Marijs, Cor ; Schopp, Anne ; Rogers, John A. ; Midgley, Amelia
    This book is the first stocktaking of what the decarbonization of the world economy means for fossil fuel–dependent countries. These countries are the most exposed to the impacts of global climate policies and, at the same time, are often unprepared to manage them. They depend on the export of oil, gas, or coal; the use of carbon-intensive infrastructure (for example, refineries, petrochemicals, and coal power plants); or both. Fossil fuel–dependent countries face financial, fiscal, and macro-structural risks from the transition of the global economy away from carbon-intensive fuels and the value chains based on them. This book focuses on managing these transition risks and harnessing related opportunities. Diversification and Cooperation in a Decarbonizing World identifies multiple strategies that fossil fuel–dependent countries can pursue to navigate the turbulent waters of a low-carbon transition. The policy and investment choices to be made in the next decade will determine these countries’ degree of exposure and overall resilience. Abandoning their comfort zones and developing completely new skills and capabilities in a time frame consistent with the Paris Agreement on climate change is a daunting challenge and requires long-term revenue visibility and consistent policy leadership. This book proposes a constructive framework for climate strategies for fossil fuel–dependent countries based on new approaches to diversification and international climate cooperation. Climate policy leaders share responsibility for creating room for all countries to contribute to the goals of the Paris Agreement, taking into account the specific vulnerabilities and opportunities each country faces.
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    Groundswell: Preparing for Internal Climate Migration
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2018-03-19) Rigaud, Kanta Kumari ; de Sherbinin, Alex ; Jones, Bryan ; Bergmann, Jonas ; Clement, Viviane ; Ober, Kayly ; Schewe, Jacob ; Adamo, Susana ; McCusker, Brent ; Heuser, Silke ; Midgley, Amelia
    This report, which focuses on three regions—Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Latin America that together represent 55 percent of the developing world’s population—finds that climate change will push tens of millions of people to migrate within their countries by 2050. It projects that without concrete climate and development action, just over 143 million people—or around 2.8 percent of the population of these three regions—could be forced to move within their own countries to escape the slow-onset impacts of climate change. They will migrate from less viable areas with lower water availability and crop productivity and from areas affected by rising sea level and storm surges. The poorest and most climate vulnerable areas will be hardest hit. These trends, alongside the emergence of “hotspots” of climate in- and out-migration, will have major implications for climate-sensitive sectors and for the adequacy of infrastructure and social support systems. The report finds that internal climate migration will likely rise through 2050 and then accelerate unless there are significant cuts in greenhouse gas emissions and robust development action.