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

An Action Agenda for Green Infrastructure

Sunday 26 August | 09.00-10.30 | Room: NL 253

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.


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