Investing with Nature - Looking forward: Scaling investments in NbS

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Nature-based solutions (NbS) are actions to protect, sustainably manage, and restore natural and modified ecosystems that address societal challenges effectively and adaptively, simultaneously benefiting people and nature. While the use of NbS is specifically being called for in targets 8 and 11 of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, it is estimated that annual investments into NbS must rise to USD 674 billion by 2050, in order for the world to limit climate change to below 1.5°C, halt biodiversity loss and achieve land degradation neutrality. To help financial institutions discover practical ways to invest in NbS, the webinar series “Investing with Nature: Exploring Investment Opportunities Across Ecosystems” – funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and supported by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH – was held between March and August, introducing the science behind NbS and examples of NbS investments in ecosystems such as ocean and marine ecosystems, forests, freshwater farmlands and urban areas. As the concluding session of this webinar series, this event will highlight learnings from previous sessions, and explore the future of NbS investing in the private financial sector. Speakers from different types of organisations, who have extensive experiences on the topic, will share their perspectives, and highlight trends and innovations that help scale NbS investments.
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United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) is a partnership between United Nations Environment and the global financial sector created in the wake of the 1992 Earth Summit with a mission to promote sustainable finance. More than 240 financial institutions, including banks, insurers, and investors, work with UN Environment to understand today’s environmental, social and governance challenges, why they matter to finance, and how to actively participate in addressing them. UNEP FI’s work also includes a strong focus on policy – by facilitating country-level dialogues between finance practitioners, supervisors, regulators and policy-makers, and, at the international level, by promoting financial sector involvement in processes such as the global climate negotiations.