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. They are estimated to provide 37% of the mitigation needed until 2030 to achieve the targets of the Paris Climate Agreement, and can help financial institutions mitigate risks arising from nature loss and climate change.

Although biodiversity loss and ecosystem collapse have been rated by the World Economic Forum as one of the top 5 risks over the next 10 years, a financing gap estimated at US$700 billion per year to address these issues still persists. According to UNEP’s State of Finance for Nature Report, only 17% of total investments in NbS are currently from private finance. These should be increased by private capitals, bringing the total investments from the current level of US$154 billion a year to the US$384 billion a year required by 2025.

About the “Investing with Nature” webinar series

To help financial institutions discover practical ways to invest in NbS, our “Investing with Nature: Exploring Investment Opportunities Across Ecosystems” webinar series was born with funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and support from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

Here, you can find the recordings and resources from each webinar session of the series.

Investing with Nature: An introduction to Nature-based Solutions

This webinar took place on 30 March 2023 at 14:00 CEST, and provided an introduction to NbS investing, including the definition of NbS, its landscape, financing gap, challenges, currently available products and opportunities for financial institutions.

Deep dive on Nature-based Solutions in oceans & coastal ecosystems

This webinar took place on 25 April 2023 at 15:00 CEST, and provided the audience with perspectives and tangible examples from the private and civil society sectors on their experiences investing and facilitating investments in the oceans and coastal ecosystem space.

Deep dive on Nature-based Solutions in forests

The webinar took place on 30 May 2023 at 14:00 CEST, and provided the audience with an overview of why NbS in forests are important, before delving into examples of how such investments can be taken up by financial institutions, as well as a discussion on the challenges and opportunities present in the field.

Deep dive on Nature-based Solutions in freshwater

The webinar will take place on 27 June 2023 at 14:00 CEST. Save the date, more information to follow.