Investments in watershed management, water infrastructure, and water programs have grown due to the increase of water shortages, extreme floods, and other related crises. Water programs are finding new and innovative ways to diversify their finance structures and attract new sources of funding. However, these investments do not come without challenges or barriers. Lack of financial feasibility and bankability of projects coupled with weak governance can impede the creation of private revenue flows for many water safety projects, or sufficient government budgets for major water investments.
The objective of the session is to identify barriers and opportunities to unlock needed financing and mobilize IFI actors and domestic actors (public and private) to invest in nature. The conservation will surround an illustrative example from Colombia and the advancements made in developing finance models, such as water funds, but still face challenges in scaling up finance for these types of investments. The panelists are invited to reflect on the case study and discuss lessons learned, and what types of engagements and factors are needed to find success in water financing.
11:00 Opening Remarks-- Keith Alger, RARE
11:05 Presentation-- Daniel Shemie, TNC
11:15 Presentation-- Juan Carlos Franco, Fundación Mario Santo Domingo (FMSD)
11:35 Panel Discussion and Q&A from audience on enabling conditions for financing and bridging the gap
Moderator: Daniel Shemie, TNC
12:25 Closing Remarks (IUCN, RARE, TNC)
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