Forest Trends / Nature Insurance value: Assessment and Demonstration Project Consortium / Deltares / The Nature Conservancy / Alliance for Global Water Adaptation / Stockholm International Water Institute / ICATALIST

An Action Agenda for Green Infrastructure

Sunday 26 August | 09.00-10.30 | Room: NL 253
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This event reports on progress made over the past year on an action agenda for green infrastructure. At the 2017 World Water Week, over 25 individuals representing 16 organizations held a dialogue to discuss action to catalyze greater uptake of green infrastructure as a critical complement to traditional gray water infrastructure. Participants explored how best to leverage accumulating experience to get to a tipping point in mainstreaming green infrastructure, develop consensus on specific recommendations and prioritized actions, and commit to a blueprint for action as a path forward. The Action Agenda provides a mechanism for:

• Bringing collective thinking and diverse perspectives to bear on critically evaluating the most pressing challenges and needs for scaling green infrastructure (science-based information; capacity; tools for design, performance assessment, and economic assessment, etc.);

• A community of practice collaboratively developing a set of strategic, concrete, prioritized actions that when implemented, together create the catalyst for rapid change to mainstream green infrastructure as business as usual in the water sector;

• A set of diverse, strong, collaborative voices are collectively promoting green infrastructure solutions with political leaders, finance community, general public, and at international development, water, and climate fora; and

• Progress is periodically evaluated to refine the consensus on the priority needs

Gold standard events are committed to ensure the gender balance in speakers/panellists and young professional representation in the session.

Programme

9:00 Welcome and Overview of the Session – Jan Cassin, Forest Trends; Elena Lopez Gunn, ICATALIST

9:10 – 9:50 Round-table Updates and Discussions:

9:10 Definitions, principles and standards, evaluation criteria. Jan Cassin, Forest Trends, Facilitator

  • James Dalton, IUCN (Nature-based Solutions, concepts, principles and next steps)
  • John Matthews, AGWA (Water Infrastructure Criteria, Climate Bonds Initiative)

9:25 - 9:55  Building capacity - tools, methodologies, science/knowledge-base, training/capacity for assessing, planning, designing, and implementing green infrastructure. Genevieve Bennett, Forest Trends, Facilitator

  • Adrian Vogl, Natural Capital/SNAPP (Linking source water protection and water quantity)
  • Monica Altamirano, Deltares (Nature-based solutions and flood risk guidelines; integrating green & gray in IWRM)
  • Fernando Momiy Hada, Forest Trends (Natural Infrastructure for Water Security Peru)
  • Suzan Ozment, WRI (Economic analyses for green-gray portfolios; diagnostics/readiness assessments)
  • Emily Simmons, TNC (Water Funds Toolkit, Water Funds Training)

9:55 - 10:15  State of green infrastructure finance - advances towards scale? John Matthews, AGWA, Facilitator

  • Elena Lopez Gunn, ICATALIST & NAIAD (Financing Framework for Water Security)
  • Todd Gartner, WRI (Forest Resilience Bond, Green Bonds)
  • Fernando Momiy Hada, Forest Trends (Scaling water tariffs for natural infrastructure in Peru)

10:15 - 10:25  Lightning Breakout Sessions Jan Cassin, Monica Altamirano, John Matthews (Facilitators)

10:25 - 10:30 Quick Tour of Breakout Groups & Close Session Elena Lopez Gunn, ICATALIST, Facilitator