Green Climate Fund Accreditation Sends Positive Signals For Nature Based Solutions
The Green Climate Fund gave nature-based solutions a potential boost when it listed IUCN, a big celebrator of leveraging nature to mitigate and adapt to climate change, as a partner organization with authority to implement climate projects. As IUCN places an emphasis on adapting to climate impacts, the announcement has implications for utilizing these natural solutions for adaptation purposes.
- Keep reading here.
Mobilizing A Market For Climate Change Vulnerability
Itâ€™s clear that Earth will require adaptation to cope with a changing climate, but determining just where limited resources will flow is likely to be a sticky task, especially when considering the adaptation space lacks a common evaluating metric. That could change as a London-based NGO progresses on its idea for a market based on maximizing the benefits of adaptation activities.
- Ecosystem Marketplace has coverage.
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Triple Whammy! New Water Fund Uses Impact Capital to Rewater the MDB, Support Ag
A new water fund concept backed by The Nature Conservancy and the Murray Darling Wetlands Working Group leverages impact investing to purchase - and then retire - water rights in Australia's Murray Darling Basin to replenish the beleaguered river system. The Australian Balanced Water Fund generates revenue for investors through managing a portfolio of water rights, while using a portion of water rights and revenues to restore wetlands. During dry years, the Fund will also lease water to farmers, a clever move given recent clashes between environmentalists and agriculture over the Basin's scarce water supplies.
- Read it at NatGeo's Water Currents Blog.
Water Risk Leaves Energy, Mining Projects High and Dry
A new piece from Circle of Blue looks at a range of recent causes of market turmoil - from cancellations of new coal-fired power plants in Asia, to dismal grain harvests in Africa, to mine closures nearly everywhere - and finds a signal behind the noise: water risk, linked to a changing climate. While most analysts are focused on stranded assets, the real financial risks may be much broader.
- Keep reading at Circle of Blue.
Corporate Water Risk: How Serious is the Private Sector, Actually?
With research streaming in about groundwater depletion and water pollution, environmentalists stress urgency to businesses, pressing them to strive to manage their water use at a watershed level and set genuinely ambitious targets.
- The Guardian has the story.
Crowdsourcing for Source Protection
The Nature Conservancy's looking to raise $10M from companies, foundations, and individuals for the Minnesota Headwaters Fund. The Fund aims to protect natural areas in the headwaters of the Mississippi River, the source of drinking water for more than 1M Minnesotans. TNC recently kicked off a public awareness campaign to spread the word about the initiative.
- WaterWorld has coverage.
Steering NatCap Accounting to Clean Water Goals
As the United Nations and World Bank continue to promote their natural capital accounting systems, some are eyeing the concept as a way to help achieve Sustainable Development Goals related to global access to safe and affordable water supplies.
- A recent post at IIED explains how.
Vancouver Aims to Top the Green Cities List in Four Years
Vancouver is aiming to become the world's greenest city by 2020 with its plan to recapture and clean 90% of its rainwater by scaling up its use of green infrastructure practices like rain gardens, constructed wetlands and permeable pavements.
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Atlanta Dreams Big and Green to Manage its Stormwater Runoff
The major metropolis of Atlanta is in the midst of developing a citywide green infrastructure plan, largely intending to use green best management practices to reduce its stormwater runoff by 225 million gallons annually.
- The East Atlanta Patch has coverage.
Smart Grey Infrastructure to Bring Back the Green
A natural infrastructure project in Indonesia is building permeable dams to stimulate the re-growth of mangrove forests along the country's degraded Demak coast, in the hopes of restoring biodiversity and minimizing erosion and coastal flooding. The project, which has a Dutch partner, recently won an engineering award in the Netherlands.
- Read about it here.
Building Climate Resilience with Wave-Busting Ecosystems in Florida
Research says South Florida's Miami-Dade county is more at risk from rising sea levels than anywhere else in the US, so county officials are teaming up with The Nature Conservancy and engineering firm CH2M to build resilience using the state's natural defenses, or ecosystems like marshes and mangroves.
- Learn more from the Miami Herald.
An Oasis of Water Conservation in a Dry Land
Through the use of water budgeting and conservation, and amid decisions to stop farming water intensive crops, a village in India's drought-stricken Maharashtra state is faring well under a dry and harsh climate.
- Learn more from the Times of India.
Contest Challenges Coders to think in Shades of Blue
This spring, the Source Water Collaborative is launching a contest for software developers, code writers and designers to create an online user-friendly library platform, where both water regulators and the public can share water-related information.
- Learn more from the SWC.