World Water Forum Session -Implementing natural and engineered solutions – the need for innovative financing

Session 5.b.2 : 20th March 16:30 – 18:00pm 

 Room #29 Theme -Ecosystem



Innovative financing based on integrated economic models is needed to implement the right mix of natural and engineering solutions to improve water availability, access and sustainability. One challenge is the appropriate consideration of all co-benefits and costs in economic models from the initial investment until long-term operation and maintenance, which is particularly challenging for (combined) nature-based solutions. It will also be discussed how legal and market-based approaches and other enabling conditions make public-private partnership effective. Furthermore, ways to increase finance and scale up effective green and grey solutions for water will be deliberated using examples from around the world.
World Resources Institute (USA)
International Union for Conservation of Nature – IUCN
Sustainable Water Future Programme
K-water Convergence Institute (Korea)

  • Opening remarks (5 minutes)
    Greg Browder Global Lead: Water Security & Water Resources Management, World Bank
    Part 1: Why invest in natural infrastructure (35 minutes)Moderator: Suzanne Ozment, WRI
  • Anik Bhaduri Executive Director, Sustainable Water Future Programme
  • João José Assumpção de Abreu Demarchi PCJ Watershed Committee in Sao Paulo
  • Moonhyun Ryu Water Economics team leader, K-water Institute’s Water
    Policy Research CenterPart 2: How to invest/ how to encourage investment (40 minutes)Moderator: James Dalton, Coordinator of Global Water Initiatives, IUCN
  • German Sturzenegger, Water and Sanitation Division at Inter-American
    Development Bank
  • Kathleen Dominique, OECD
  •  Ligia Carmago, Sustainability Head, Danone