The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund are planning to launch a platform to advise poor countries on funding climate and conservation activities, amid a broader push that could link such spending to debt relief. Al Jazeera reports that the initiative reflects a growing recognition that the economic turmoil of the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated budget constraints and debt challenges that hamper the ability of some countries to transition to clean energy, protect wildlife or make infrastructural changes to prepare for climate impacts. “Unlike other initiatives out there that focus on one project at a time, this will focus on systematically changing whole economies,” one source familiar with the initiative told Reuters, adding that the platform aims for a more holistic approach to “the triple crisis of debt, climate change and biodiversity loss.”