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 Moderator - Jan Cassin, Forest Trends. Definitions, principles and standards, evaluation criteria (IUCN Nature-based Solutions; Forest Trends/Natural Infrastructure for Water Security Peru – Performance-based Framework; UNEP-DHI Green Infrastructure Guide; CBI/AGWA Water Infrastructure Criteria Climate Bonds).
  • 9:30 Moderator - Monica Altamirano, Deltares. Capacity building; information, tools, and methods for assessing green infrastructure (The Nature Conservancy Water Funds Toolkit; Conservation International/Natural Capital Project/The Nature Conservancy – Linking Source Water Protection and Water Quantity; Natural Infrastructure for Water Security Peru – Natural Infrastructure Catalogue; Forest Trends/Ecodecision – Green Infrastructure Course Latin America; Deltares/USACE Design Guidelines: Nature-based Solutions for Flood Risk).

9:50 Panel discussion – State of Green Infrastructure Finance / what is needed to scale? Moderator - John Matthews, Alliance for Global Water Adaptation.

10:10 Audience input / Breakout groups brainstorm immediate priorities to move GI forward by thematic areas – science/knowledge; assessment and design tools and methodologies; finance; capacity building/awareness raising.

10:20 Quick tour of breakout groups – top 2 ideas from each group.

10:25 Next steps, thank participants, close session – Elena Lopez Gunn, ICATALIST