The purpose of this finance brief is to share The Nature Conservancy’s experience and the growing body of empirical evidence to assist conservation practitioners and project developers in identifying projects with high potential to benefit from securing repayable finance, and to recommend an evaluation process for choosing these projects that emphasizes deep diligence into problem definition and identification of financing as the project bottleneck.
This paper assesses the environmental and business cases for private investment in Nature-based Solutions (NbS), reviews the current state and trends of private investment in agriculture NbS, identifies barriers to increased product development and investment, and provides a framework and resources for project managers seeking to develop investable nature-based projects in agriculture.
Author: E. Hallstein and T. Iseman
Publisher: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO); The Nature Conservancy
Keyword(s): agriculture, finance, food security, nature-based solutions (NbS), private investment, repayable finance
Ecosystem(s): Agricultural Land