Forest Trends / Inter-American Development Bank / Natural Capital Project / The Nature Conservancy

The Role of Green Infrastructure Investments in Meeting Global Commitments

Tuesday 29 August | 11.00-12.30 | Room: L7
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo credit: iStock/EduLeite

Investments in green infrastructure are increasingly being made in the water sector to address pollution, storage and flooding challenges.  In addition to water benefits, green infrastructure can help mitigate climate change, provide socioeconomic benefits and protect biodiversity. For example, recent findings indicate that if reforestation, forest protection and agricultural BMPs were fully implemented across source watersheds for 4,000 cities, an additional 10 gigatonnes of CO2 in climate change mitigation could be achieved annually, or 16% of the 2050 emissions reduction goal.

This session will explore how green infrastructure investments are being made to meet multiple goals. Drawing on leading experts and practitioners from the environment, development and climate sectors, this session will convene a debate over the track-record and tools for structuring green infrastructure investments to achieve multiple benefits. Through cutting-edge science, innovative policies and case studies, the session will examine (1) how and where green infrastructure investments by the water sector can provide multiple benefits, (2) the potential for these investments to help meet global commitments such as the SDGs, the Paris Agreement and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, and (3) best practices to address the financing, governance and capacity gaps to bring green infrastructure investments to a meaningful scale.


11:00 Kari Vigerstol, The Nature Conservancy
Welcome and introduction

Global to National Perspectives
11:05 Jan Cassin,
Forest Trends
Green Infrastructure Investments and Co-benefits: Global state of practice and emerging trends
11:15 Todd Gartner,
11:25 Perrine Hamel,
Stanford University
Incorporating Multiple Benefits in Watershed Management Programs: Example of Colombia
11:35 Q&A

Multi-local or watershed scale perspectives
11:40 Ricardo Cepeda-Márquez,
11:50 Eng Boniface Mwaniki,
Kenya Water Resources Management Authority
12:00 Eric Soubeiran,
12:10 Q&A and discussion

12:25 Summary and wrap-up
12:30 Close of session