#allhandsondeck for integrating green and grey to secure water

The importance of managing ecosystems to enhance downstream water quality, quantity and built infrastructure maintenance benefits is increasingly recognized internationally. We are excited to announce the hosting of a workshop focused on unlocking the benefits of ecological infrastructure through development finance in critical water catchments in South Africa. This workshop will be beneficial to academics, municipalities and government organisations, as well as private sector companies, industry bodies and finance institutions facing water related risks and impacts.

  1. Important findings from the implementation of a Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded 5-year partnership project, in the uMngeni and Berg-Breede catchments will be shared, specifically:
    • Integrating Natural Capital Accounting into planning and prioritisation
    • Financial Mechanisms for rehabilitation and maintenance of ecological infrastructure
    • Developing public-private partnerships at scale to deliver on the SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement
  2. Participants will be presented with catchment case study challenges and will collectively prioritise and design financial and partnership solutions to the challenge presented. The session will strengthen participant practice and knowledge in collective action to unlock investment in ecological infrastructure for water security. The opportunity to join a national community of practice to scale up these efforts will be introduced.