Nature-Based Infrastructure

SAVi has already been used for assessments on lakes and wetlands, and IISD is seeking opportunities to conduct SAVi assessments of other natural assets and compare them with civil engineering alternatives. We are also working on blended financing strategies for nature-based infrastructure. Examples of completed and ongoing projects are below.


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New SAVi Assessment on Ecosystem Services Provided by Sardinian Wetlands

Our latest SAVi assessment looks at the ecosystem services generated from restoring two wetland areas in the province of Oristano, Sardinia. These are known as S’Ena Arrubia and Corru S’Ittiri-Marceddì-San Giovanni, respectively.  It finds that EUR 306 million could be generated from 2020-2060 due to these ecosystem services. Our analysis also finds that such benefits... Read more »

Integrating Copernicus Climate Data in SAVi

IISD and KnowlEdge Srl (KE) are excited to be working with the EU’s Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) to integrate data from the Copernicus Climate Data Store into SAVi.  Thanks to this collaboration, we are now able to make precise calculations on how infrastructure policies, portfolios and assets will perform under different climate conditions, adding... Read more »

SAVi at Urban Nature Labs Webinar on Financing Nature-Based Infrastructure

Oshani Perera and Georg Pallaske from the IISD Sustainable Infrastructure programme will be speaking on Thursday March 5, 2020, during a webinar run by Urban Nature Labs. The webinar, scheduled for 10-11 AM CET, will be devoted to the subject of financing nature-based infrastructure, and is part of the “Buddies” series organized by Urban Nature Labs. Perera will be discussing... Read more »

SAVi at the Solutions Lab Kick-Off Event, Berlin 2019

The SAVi team was invited to attend the kick-off event of the Solutions Lab on “Scaling for Sustainable Infrastructure” in Berlin in late November. This Solutions Lab is hosted by the Emerging Markets Sustainability Dialogues of GIZ (German Corporation for International Cooperation) and the Global Solutions Initiative The Lab lasts for several months and combines a... Read more »

OECD 2019 Public Procurement Week: Unpacking Complexity

As a member of the OECD Working Party of Leading Procurement Practitioners, we presented and debated on SAVi analyses at the 2019 OECD Public Procurement Week in Paris, France, which was held from October 22-25, 2019.  The presentation featured a discussion on the costs of climate risks, based on examples such as the SAVi analyses on... Read more »

IISD at UNESCAP Meeting on “Living Within Our Planetary Limits”

SAVi was featured during a presentation at the United Nations Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) meeting on “Living within our planetary limits,” held from October 17-18, 2019, in Bangkok, Thailand. The UNESCAP meeting included a discussion of the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2020. Participants from finance ministries... Read more »

Building Bridges Week 2019: Financing Nature-Based Infrastructure

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) organized an event about financing nature-based infrastructure on October 11, 2019, as part of the Building Bridges Week event series in Geneva. Among other topics, the panel discussed the role of catastrophe bonds, resilience bonds, tax increment financing and sustainability impact bonds in financing nature-based assets. The importance... Read more »

SAVi Switzerland: Working with UNIGE

IISD is working with the University of Geneva to develop a SAVi model for sustainable mobility in Switzerland. SAVi assessments in this sector will focus on the impact of hydrogen and battery technology in comparison with fossil fuel-based mobility. More news will be coming soon.

Beira Lake assessment finalized

The SAVi assessment on the restoration value of Beira Lake was recently finalized and results were presented to the client, Indocean Developers (Pvt) Ltd. The client is the developer of the Altair real estate project in Colombo, Sri Lanka, built on the shores of the Beira Lake. The client is currently using the SAVi assessment... Read more »

IISD Joins the Natural Capital Coalition to Advance Financing of Nature-Based Infrastructure

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is pleased to join the Natural Capital Coalition (NCC) to work on financing strategies for natural capital. “By joining the NCC, IISD is able to collaborate with pioneers in natural capital conservation and finance,” says Oshani Perera, Director, Public Procurement and Infrastructure Finance, IISD. “We can experiment and... Read more »

Upcoming SAVi assessments in Senegal

IISD participated in a workshop hosted by Wetlands International on strategies for engagement with the private sector in relation to the protection of the Saloum Delta. The Saloum Delta is one of Senegal’s most important wetlands and has been designed as a UNESCO protected site. It is also a valuable economic resource for local communities.... Read more »

Ongoing SAVi assessments in Senegal

IISD works with the Bureau Opérationnel de Suivi (BOS) of the Senegalese Government to use SAVi on the Taïba Ndiaye wind farm project and the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project, a sustainable mobility project for the city of Dakar. IISD presented the results of the SAVi assessments during a workshop in Dakar in June. The... Read more »