The Nature-Based Infrastructure Global Resource Centre
Together with the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the MAVA Foundation, and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), IISD has established the Nature-Based Infrastructure Global Resource Centre. The NBI Global Resource Centre aims to bring together key partners to establish a business case for nature-based infrastructure. We will provide data, training, and sector-specific valuations based on the latest innovations in systems thinking and financial modelling.
We will work together with infrastructure planners, policy-makers, decision-makers, and financiers to improve the track record of NBI in delivering infrastructure services and supporting climate change adaptation while providing other environmental, social, and economic benefits.
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The complexity of NBI requires taking a systemic approach when we plan, value, and implement infrastructure projects. It also requires knowledge integration and collaboration with partners in the field. Our work quantifies the positive impact of stewardship activities on ecosystems and demonstrates the cost efficiency of NBI.
The NBI Global Resource Centre will seek to:
- Improve the predictability and certainty of performance of NBI through more than 40 customized valuations of NBI projects globally.
- Provide access to the data on the NBI performance through a new online database.
- Strengthen the capacity of key stakeholders to understand and value NBI through a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) and customized training.
- Connect and build partnerships in the NBI field.
If you want to submit a proposal for assessment and collaborate with us to develop customized valuations of your projects, please contact our teams.
The valuations include:
- The creation of a qualitative assessment of the impacts of the NBI project.
- An economic assessment of the ecosystem services delivered by a given project.
- A financial assessment of the project’s performance under different climate change scenarios, with climate data derived from the EU’s Copernicus Climate Data Store.
- A comparison with the cost of grey-built infrastructure that provides the same level of services.
Through the Sustainable Asset Valuation (SAVi) assessments, we have built a wealth of experience on how to value the costs of risks and externalities, as well as the risks that can emerge from externalities over a project life cycle. We have established partnerships with active NBI stakeholders in various geographies and sectors.
Our track record on planning, valuing, and implementing nature-based solutions spans across various programs.
- The National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Global Network
- SAVi NBI track record
- IISD-Experimental Lakes Area and natural infrastructure Canada
For a full overview of IISD’s work on nature-based solutions, see this page.
The GEF–MAVA project will be executed by IISD, while UNIDO will be the GEF implementing agency. GEF support comes from its Special Climate Change Fund. This work is also a key input into the work of the Global Commission on Adaptation.
Nature Based Infrastructure Related Publications
Sustainable Asset Valuation (SAVi) of Stormwater Infrastructure Solutions in Johannesburg, South Africa
A SAVi assessment of grey-green infrastructure upgrade options for stormwater infrastructure in the Paterson Park Precinct, Johannesburg.
Sustainable Asset Valuation (SAVi) of Paterson Park's Building Infrastructure: City of Johannesburg (South Africa)
The assessment of Paterson Park's building infrastructure is one of the use cases demonstrating the value of integrating climate data from the Copernicus database into SAVi.
Sustainable Asset Valuation (SAVi) of Agroforestry Nature-Based Infrastructure in Welkenraedt (Belgium)
This report describes the Sustainable Asset Valuation (SAVi) assessment of an agroforestry project in the municipality of Welkenraedt, Belgium.
Integration of Climate Data in the SAVi Nature-Based Infrastructure Model
This report outlines the integration of authoritative Copernicus Climate Data from the Climate Data Store (CDS) into a Sustainable Asset Valuation (SAVi) of nature-based infrastructure.
An Application of the Sustainable Asset Valuation (SAVi) Methodology: Assessing the economic value of restoring the wetlands of S'Ena Arrubia and Corru S'Ittiri-Marceddì-San Giovanni in the Gulf of Oristano in Sardinia, Italy
This assessment uses the Sustainable Asset Valuation (SAVi) tool to calculate the economic and societal value generated by the S’Ena Arrubia and Corru S’Ittiri-Marceddì-San Giovanni wetlands in the Gulf of Oristano in Sardinia, Italy.
Sustainable Asset Valuation (SAVi) of Senegal’s Saloum Delta
The assessment provides an economic valuation of the contribution of the Saloum Delta to local livelihoods and regional development.
Lead, Public Procurement and Sustainable Infrastructure Policy and Coordinator of the NBI Global Resource Centre
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Sustainable Asset Valuation of Wastewater Treatment Infrastructure in South Africa
This report presents the results of a Sustainable Asset Valuation (SAVi) assessment for wastewater treatment infrastructure in South Africa
Sustainable Asset Valuation (SAVi) of Tree Planting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
This report presents the results of a Sustainable Asset Valuation (SAVi) assessment for tree planting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
In Danger Of Drowning, Norfolk Faces Criticism Over Flood-Protection Plan
Facing a greater degree of sea level rise than almost any other part of the country, Norfolk is on the verge of launching a $1.6 billion counterattack.
Salmon & BC floods – how to use those recovery dollars
November’s floods took a heavy toll on wild salmon and their habitats. How we decide to rebuild could affect wild salmon for generations.
Multiple benefits of the Hondsbossche and Pettemer sea dunes
An assessment with the Sustainable Asset Valuation (SAVi) methodology by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) showed that the Hondsbossche and Pettemer (H&P) sea dunes outperformed conventional flood protection infrastructure.
Message to mayors: cities need nature
To thrive, cities must lean into nature. That means having open green spaces and interconnected waterways to prevent floods; green roofs and walls that reduce temperatures and produce food; and forests planted as green belts to oxygenate urban areas and regenerate ecosystems.
Sustainable Asset Valuation (SAVi) of Forest Restoration in the Brantas River Basin, Indonesia
In this report, we present a SAVi assessment that quantifies the ecosystem services and economic impacts of the planned reforestation and water retention wells in the Brantas River basin in Indonesia.
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