Blue Infrastructure Finance: A new approach, integrating Naturebased Solutions for coastal resilience
Coastal and marine ecosystems, such as mangroves, coral reefs and seagrasses, are
critical to human well-being and global biodiversity. Infrastructure investments have a
significant and increasing impact on these zones.
This paper argues that a focus on Nature-based Solutions (NbS), as part of a blue
infrastructure finance approach, can help to deliver measurably better outcomes.
A key objective of this paper is to familiarise developers, policy makers and financiers
with a robust approach to developing blue infrastructure in coastal areas: what is NbS,
what are resilience planning approaches and what are means for blue infrastructure
The paper argues that standards and principles for developing and financing blue
infrastructure and appropriate blended finance instruments can help to overcome
remaining bottlenecks, scale up these approaches and attract more private financing
into blue infrastructure.
An important audience for the report are therefore private sector investors and
multilateral financing institutions that are key to infrastructure finance.
Convincing these critical stakeholders that blue infrastructure finance is not only
possible and desirable but that it is both feasible and, ultimately, also financially more
attractive is critical to achieve a just transition to sustainability.
This report is the result of joint work by experts with a wide range of backgrounds,
from finance, engineering and conservation, both in the public and private sector. Such
a multi-stakeholder approach is most apt to address the blue infrastructure finance
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