Blue Infrastructure Finance
Infrastructure is key to economic and social development yet often has negative environmental impacts. Coastal and marine life is in particular at risk to be damaged. Nature-based Solutions (NbS) anchored in and serving habitats like mangroves, seagrasses and coral reefs, can help to make infrastructure investments better, more resilient and financially more attractive.
Financial mechanisms are needed to support a paradigm shift away from infrastructure investments in sectors with unclear or negative impacts on nature (sometimes referred to as “grey finance”) towards infrastructure investments that provide clean water and energy, flood control and erosion control, transport and data and protect and enhance natural habitats in coastal and marine areas (“blue finance”).
New blended finance solutions integrating Blue Natural Capital (BNC) can play a critical role for this transition.
Such solutions can help de-risk blue infrastructure investments, while specifically attracting a suite of private actors, including impact investors. If successful, it will have broad ecological benefits and cascading effects on the coastal and marine systems on all levels.