How do we best align and integrate ecosystems and natural capital within agendas that have traditionally seen as competing with the environment, such as poverty alleviation, infrastructure development, climate adaptation, and economic growth? Terms such as green and hybrid infrastructure, ecosystem services, green adaptation, natural capital, and nature-based solutions have been widely used to describe approaches to ensure that ecosystems become a part of the suite of available solutions available to decision makers. For many reasons, ecosystems have faced significant challenges in realizing a more formal and effective representation within the portfolio of development options. New development frameworks and institutions such as the Green Climate Fund, the UNFCCC, and the SDGs may be creating indirect opportunities for shifting the focus of development solutions. This deep dive will consider sectoral applications such as water, transport, energy, and cities, as well as discuss recent regional and global trends from Asia and with other IFIs and regional and international organizations. The workshop is intended to support both the inclusion of new perspectives in existing workstreams and to help with specific project challenges and ideas as new agendas emerge. Participants will be encouraged to provide their own projects as case studies for the application of resilient nature-based solutions.
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