Financing Nature-Based Infrastructure

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International Environment House 2

7 - 9 Chemin de Balexert

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1219 Vernier

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This session taking place during Building Bridges Week will explore nature-based infrastructure as an opportunity for blended capital.

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  • 9:30-10:00 - Arrival and Refreshments
  • 10:00-11:00 - Panel of Experts
  • 11:00-11:30 - Audience Q&A and Discussion

Municipalities and utilities are experiencing risking costs due to the repercussions of changing climates - hurricanes, fires, floods, droughts, algae blooms and more. Bluefield Research forecast that the annual operating costs of the water infrastructure in the USA has increased 57% since 1990 and is now surpassing annual increases of over 6%. (Operating expenditure include material prices, labour costs, maintenance, refurbishment etc.). While capital expenditure on infrastructure is also increasing, the damaged caused by extreme weather is causing operating expenditure to rise much faster.

From rain gardens, pores pavement, to restoring parks, ponds, lakes, wetland and mangroves, municipalities and cities are experimenting with nature-based solutions to provide more cost-effective and climate resilient public services. Natural ecosystems and hybrid solutions provides us with a range of services such as such as flood protection, water storage, water purification, and drainage. They may not require higher capital costs and can be cheaper to maintain. More importantly, they do not depreciate in financial value. In fact, the opposite it true, well maintained ecosystems have no end-of-life and can increase in service-delivery-value over time.

The challenge is now to finance nature-based solutions. To date, nature-based infrastructure has been largely funded by public budgets and philanthropy. Can we crowd-in private capital into this space? What will blended financial strategies for nature-based infrastructure look like?

Nature-based infrastructure includes hybrid grey-green solutions as well as the restoration and maintenance of natural ecosystems that provide ‘infrastructure’ services such as flood protection, water purification, water storage, drainage, carbon sequestration, increasing energy efficiency, reducing urban air pollution and hots spots and more.

The MAVA Foundation, IISD, Finance Watch and ION conducted a global consultation of the financing of natural capital. The event will debate on the findings and on emerging trends in blended capital for nature-based solutions.

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International Environment House 2

7 - 9 Chemin de Balexert

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1219 Vernier

Switzerland

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