Climate change leads to changing weather conditions. Around the world, this has consequences for vulnerable forests, coastal regions and arid areas. Nature is a powerful tool in preventing climate change. By using natural solutions, also known as nature-based solutions, we can also protect ourselves against the consequences of climate change. Planting mangrove forests, for example, can play an important role in coastal protection and thus help to prevent flooding.

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Nature-based solutions: using the force of nature

Nature-based solutions harness the power of nature and use it as an ally in solving societal problems, such as floods and droughts. Nature-based solutions often go hand-in-hand with tackling the causes and consequences of climate change.

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Financing natural coastal protection projects

In order to make a convincing business case for companies working on coastal protection with nature-based solutions, it is often necessary to attract additional funding. In addition to attracting public funding, an income stream can also be obtained from tradable carbon credits. In our market study, we investigated how this kind of ‘blended finance’ can be structured to make an attractive business case for companies and investors.

We also identified the most important guidelines and tools for setting up such projects with a landscape approach. In this way, natural coastal protection benefits both the climate, biodiversity and local prosperity in the developing countries where it is deployed, as well as the funders of the projects.

Webinar: Financing Nature-based solutions in developing countries

Our study was presented during a webinar on 17 December 2021. During this webinar, we looked at innovative financing approaches and provided practical guidelines for developing business models for these projects. A recording of the webinar can be watched here.

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Maxime Eiselin
Senior Expert Nature-based Solutions