The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Conservation Finance Takes Off as the Netherlands Issues One of the Largest Green Bonds Ever

Conservation Finance Takes Off as the Netherlands Issues One of the Largest Green Bonds Ever
by James Anderson 1, Todd Gartner 1, Alex Mauroner 2, and John Matthews 2
1 World Resources Institute (WRI)
2 Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA)
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The conservation finance market hit a new high-water mark in recent weeks as the Dutch government issued one of the largest green bonds ever: 5.98 billion euros (roughly $6.8 billion). This bond for low-carbon development and sustainable water management will finance, among other things, natural infrastructure solutions in the Netherlands that are crucial for protecting one of the world's lowest-lying countries from floods and sea-level rise.

The enthusiasm for the bond also signals a bigger trend: the shift in conservation finance from a niche market to a mainstream, large-scale investment strategy.
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#ClimateIsWater - Green Infrastructure & Investing in Sustainability

In the ninth episode of the #ClimateIsWater series is Todd Gartner, Senior Associate and Manager of the Natural Infrastructure for Water Project at World Resources Institute (wri.org/our-work/project/natural-infrastructure-water). This episode focuses on the potential of green infrastructure to serve as a solution to some of climate change's impacts. Todd also discusses how we can better manage our water resources and think about infrastructure investments in the face of an uncertain future and a new climate reality.

Make sure to check out this episode and keep checking on the AGWA Blog and the #ClimateIsWater Vimeo Channel for future installments.

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