We engage governments, development banks, private financial institutions, utilities, and companies to support and invest in natural infrastructure projects. We also create pipelines of investable deals to help project developers become investment-ready and able to access financing vehicles such as the Green Climate Fund.
Forest Resilience Bond: This first-of-its-kind financial instrument will turn the forest fire crisis of the American West into an investment opportunity. The Forest Resilience Bond, developed by Blue Forest Conservation, WRI, Encourage Capital, and the American Forest Foundation, deploys private capital to fund proactive forest restoration.
Performance Bond for Source Water Protection: WRI is helping to build the frameworks and partnerships needed to issue green bonds to finance conservation, restoration, and enhanced water stewardship. WRI and partners—Encourage Capital, US Endowment for Forestry and Communities, and the US Forest Service—are seeking to pilot a municipal utility bond for source water protection with outcome-based environmental and financial performance measures.
Green Bonds for Hybrid Green-Gray Infrastructure Projects: In collaboration with the Climate Bonds Initiative, CERES, and Alliance for Global Water Adaptation, WRI is helping develop a Nature Based Green Bonds for Water Standard that requires that water benefits, ecosystem service tradeoffs, social impacts, and climate change adaptation and mitigation measures be considered and evaluated during the planning and execution of water-infrastructure projects. For the first time, the Standard will allow municipalities, utilities, and companies to issue bonds for natural infrastructure with confidence and the transparency to communicate their priorities to investors, boards, and customers.
Joint Benefits Authority: The World Resources Institute is partnering with Encourage Capital and the San Francisco Public Utility Commission to develop and pilot the Joint Benefits Authority tool that capitalizes on the shared benefits of integrated infrastructure. The goal is to build resilient public infrastructure that strengthens communities, particularly those in underserved and environmental justice areas, by capturing co benefits inherent in integrated solutions. The Joint Benefits Authority is a new mechanism that will allow departments within a city to jointly plan, implement and finance these types of transformative projects by quantifying the range of benefits that cross agency mandates.