A High-Level Virtual Discussion on Valuing Nature-Based Infrastructure

This global event will launch the NBI Global Resource Centre and offer a unique high-level perspective from leaders in the field on how to scale up nature-based infrastructure and make the most of the innovative services offered by the new platform.


The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the MAVA Foundation are partnering with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) to launch the NBI Global Resource Centre.

How do we ensure that new infrastructure is cost effective, environmentally friendly, and resilient to changing climates? The answer lies in nature. Building with nature offers us a more sustainable alternative to engineered or “grey” infrastructure. Its regenerative characteristics make it more efficient and less expensive to manage and maintain—it is much less carbon-intensive, it can help communities adapt to climate change, and it provides a wide range of additional benefits, from job creation to improved well-being for citizens.

Over the longer term, it offers long-term value for money—so why is the value of forests, mangroves, wetlands, grasslands, agricultural lands, trees, and green spaces so often overlooked? The reason nature-based infrastructure is not being scaled up enough to fulfill its potential is because our knowledge of its performance, predictability, and financial viability has—until now—been limited.

The NBI Global Resource Centre aims to overcome the evidence gap that investors, project developers, and other key stakeholders face when they evaluate whether to invest in nature.