Alliance for Global Water Adaptation / Conservation International / The Global Impact Investing Network

Connecting impact investor goals with evidence for sustainable water management

Thursday 29 August | 11.00-12.30 | Room: M5
© Pete Oxford/iLCP

The event will begin with a brief introduction followed by ignite presentations from representatives of key players in the water impact investing space: an investor in a specific water project talking about his/her experience, a sustainable water management practitioner on the evidence for a particular impact, a prospective investor on criteria used for decision-making and potential barriers to investment, and the lead of the Global Impact Investing Network’s sustainable water management ‘Navigating Impact’ theme, which will have launched in July 2019. These presentations will tee up a session with event attendees in which small groups, led by the ignite speakers, will each address a different pre-determined question designed to spur discussion between water resource practitioners and investors. The event will then move to brief report-backs followed by a facilitated discussion focused on actionable steps for increasing effective impact investing in the water space. Guiding questions will relate to the impact measurement needs (e.g. metrics, targets) of investors, how impact investors can contribute to SDG 6, the evidence base for the impacts of established and emerging sustainable water management strategies and the identification of key evidence gaps, and the challenges of developing investable projects and how practitioners might help 

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


11:00 Welcome

11:05 Challenges and opportunities in sustainable water management impact investing   

11:25 Panel discussion   

11:40 Evidence base for impacts, and impact measurement   

12:00 Panel discussion   

12:15 Group discussion: Actionable steps for increasing effective impact investing   

12:30 End of session  

Participants will include:

  • Robin Abell, Conservation International
  • Kathleen Dominique, OECD
  • Aarin Gross, Conservation International
  • John Matthews, AGWA
  • Robin Miller, Ceres
  • Sophie Tremolet, The Nature Conservancy