@aqua / Climate Bonds Initiative

Retooling Finance for Resilient Solutions: Connecting Finance, Water and Climate

Tuesday 30 August | 16.00-17.30 | Room: FH Little Theatre
Avoiding dangerous waters ahead

Discussions of resilience and climate adaptation often focus on implementation: the science, engineering, and governance necessary to accomplish a project. However, many technical solutions are structured by "upstream" processes such as finance arrangements and assessments of financial risk, which impact on the options available and often determine the final selection of a "resilient" solution. Can we use bonds, private equity, insurance and other mechanisms as tools for converting existing financial pathways into instruments for promoting resilience, natural infrastructure, flexible management, and low-carbon growth? How can we ensure that current thinking about effective implementation is supported by institutional processes, proper policies and regulatory frameworks, for developing better options and selecting resilient solutions? What kind of clear metrics to measure performance and impact of resilience activities can be used to design innovative financing instruments? In this session, we will provide examples of how institutions are beginning to bridge these gaps as economies begin to absorb a long-term sustainability perspective. We will engage with thought leaders and practitioners from the public, private, development bank, and non-profit sectors in a dialogue about how to bring adaptation into the mainstream of water management, investments, and resource management.


16.00  Introduction and welcome.

John Matthews, Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA)

16.10  Finance water and climate change adaptation: Opportunities for mainstreaming

Anthony Cox, OECD

16.25  Natural Infrastructure Financing: Opening an Opportunity

James Dalton, IUCN

16.40  Linking Water & Finance Flows: Innovative Financing for Water Scarcity

Rochi Khemka, 2030 Water Resources Group

16.55  Leveraging climate bonds for integrating nature based solutions in investment portfolios 

Justine Leigh-Bell, Climate Bonds Initiative

17:10  Panel

Moderator. Mark Fletcher, Arup


  • Louise Whiting, WaterAid
  • Ulrike Pokorski da Cunha, GIZ
  • Nathanial Matthews, International Water Management Institute
  • Paul Fleming, Seattle Public Utilities
  • Joppe Cramwinckel, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

?17:25  Closing Thoughts

Rapporteur. Roman Gomez Gonzalez Cosio