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16 Apr 2020 - All coastal and marine ecosystems are critical to human well-being and global biodiversity. Mangroves, coral reefs, and seagrass beds are examples of these. But urban and rural infrastructure investments are having a heavy negative impact on these sytems, and it is increasing over time.

To find out how to turn this around, IUCN brought together a group of leading experts – with finance, conservation and engineering backgrounds – to explore how infrastructure finance and Nature-based Solutions (NbS) can work hand in hand to make infrastructure investments better, more durable, and financially more attractive.

For a turnaround to happen, developers, policy makers, and financiers must be familiar with blue infrastructure in coastal areas. One of the key objectives of this report is to enable all these important groups to answer at least three questions:

  • What is NbS?
  • What are resilience-planning approaches?
  • What are means for obtaining blue infrastructure finance?

Answering these questions will allow blue solutions to win for all involved, from the developers to the policy-makers and financiers, to the local communities, and finally to the biodiversity on which we all depend.

CONTINUE READING ONLINE HERE: https://www.iucn.org/news/marine-and-polar/202003/report-blue-infrastructure-finance-where-all-win

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