15 December 2016 | Washington, D.C. | It’s been a banner year for green infrastructure, from the roll-out of the Paris climate deal to Peru’s groundbreaking new water security strategy to California’s recent legislation recognizing nature as a critical part of its water infrastructure.
In 2015, governments, water utilities, companies, and communities spent nearly $25 billion on payments for green infrastructure for water. More than 400 programs in 62 countries invested in the natural ability of forests, wetlands, grasslands, and other ecosystems to ensure clean, reliable water supplies for cities and communities, and to combat threats from rapid urban expansion and agricultural pollution.
Forest Trends and experts in the field held a launch webinar to explore findings from the State of Watershed Investment 2016 report and cutting-edge developments in the watershed investment space. The discussion highlighted key global and regional trends in the scale, scope, and direction of innovative finance for green infrastructure. Guest panelists shared lessons from the field in successful models for financing watershed restoration.
- Genevieve Bennett, Senior Associate, Forest Trends’ Ecosystem Marketplace
- Daniel Shemie, Director of Strategy, Water Funds, The Nature Conservancy
- Brian Van Wye, Branch Chief – Stormwater Program Implementation, District of Columbia, Department of Energy & Environment
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- Landowners receive billions in subsidies to protect watersheds – study – Reuters
- Morning Energy – 12.15.2016 – Politico
- Funding for green infrastructure to protect, restore the world’s water supplies reaches $25B – Devex
- Close To $25B Spent To Secure Green Infrastructure Worldwide In 2015 – Water Online
- Spending on green infrastructure hits $25bn – Supply Management Magazine
- ‘Close To $25 Billion Spent To Secure Green Infrastructure Worldwide In 2015 – Ecosystem Marketplace
- Cities Across US Developing “Green Infrastructure” Solutions, But Struggling To Find Funding – Ecosystem Marketplace
- 2016: The World Learns The Value Of Water – Ecosystem Marketplace
- In 2017, Water Had Better Become Your Top Concern – The Clyde Fitch Report