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Bankable Nature Solutions
What we’re doing
Human wellbeing and development depend on nature and healthy ecosystems
The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) offer a blueprint for a sustainable future by 2030. Yet a persistent $2.5 trillion annual financing gap stands in the way of achieving them.

Preserving and restoring ecosystems alone requires an investment of $300-400 billion with only $52 billion currently being invested. 

Government and philanthropic funding alone cannot close the funding gap - but estimates suggest that through new positive impact enterprise, the private sector could deliver more than half of the funding needed to achieve the SDGs.

Conservation and nature-based solutions represent a massive opportunity. Working with companies, financial institutions and local stakeholders, we can develop Bankable Nature Solutions (BNS) which reduce pressure on ecosystems, drive resilience and sustainability for both people and nature, and generate financial return for communities and investors. 

That’s why WWF is initiating bankable projects across an increasing number of landscapes. And working through partnership programmes such as Mobilising More for Climate (MoMo4C) and the Dutch Fund for Climate and Development (DFCD), we are helping catalyse bankable projects around the world.
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Why do we need Bankable Nature Solutions?

Around the world, land use change, deforestation, and agricultural intensification are driving climate breakdown, ecosystem degradation, and nature loss.

The most vulnerable people and communities in society are particularly badly affected because they rely on natural resources for their livelihoods.

While many financial institutions, development agencies, and companies are looking for ways to catalyse private investment in nature, conservation projects appear relatively unattractive due to limited availabillity of large-scale, liquid investment opportunities, non-transparent risks, relatively low returns, and long time horizons.

Bankable Nature Solutions (BNS) offer a solution - through creating financially viable projects which support the development of more resilient, sustainable landscapes and economies. And their bankability helps accelerate scaling and replication, realising large-scale positive impact for nature and people.

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