Investing in Large-Scale NbS for Water and Adaptation. It ain’t that easy!

This session will explore 3 case studies where compelling NbS opportunities have been designed alongside financial and policy analysis. We will explore the opportunities and the challenges in the landscape examples as well as discuss vital issues related to bankability, grant funding and finding investors. How can we ensure that rhetoric meets action and that money actually flows to where we can make a difference?

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Leader of WWF's Freshwater Practice
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)
Stuart Orr is the Leader of WWF’s Freshwater Practice at World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). He has spent his career devising and testing innovative approaches to freshwater conservation by engaging business and finance, and focussing on emerging themes such as the water-food-energy nexus, economic incentives, bankable financing and water-related risk. He has written numerous scientific papers and publications on issues ranging from corporate water governance to fish protein. He serves on a number of advisory councils and non-profit boards as well as supporting conservation projects in over 40 countries. Stuart holds an MSc in Environment and Development from the School of International Development at the University of East Anglia, UK.
Global Policy Lead Freshwater
WWF International
Dean is currently global policy lead for freshwater at WWF International. He holds a MBA from Maastricht University, a Master in Environmental Science from the University of South Africa and recently joined the University of Cambridge's Master of Social Innovation program. He has worked across the consulting and mining industry in Africa before joining WWF-South Africa to lead their source water protection program. Over the last 4 years Dean has led WWF global policy work on water, engaging with UN agencies and governments across the world.
Architect and Urban Planner
One Architecture & Urbanism
Justine Shapiro-Kline leads planning, urban design, and research projects focused on adaptation to climate change and its impacts. A co-editor of the recent publication Building with Nature: Creating, implementing, and upscaling Nature-based Solutions (ONE & EcoShape; nai010 publishers, 2020), her practice prioritizes participatory design and integration of natural systems to support sustainable community development. Justine co-founded the Community Adaptation Learning Exchange, a peer-learning collective focused on advancing climate adaptation efforts at the community level.
Urban economist and planner
Pegasys
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Managing Principal
Pegasys
Dan is a Managing Principal at Pegasys. He has more than 13 years’ experience working in the fields of climate change, water, renewable energy, and innovative infrastructure finance. His more recent experience spans Southern Africa (having lived and worked in South Africa for four years) as well as having led multiple engagements in East Africa (Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania) as well as West Africa (Nigeria). He is based in London. Dan specialises in designing innovative financing and project preparation mechanisms for African infrastructure and urban resilience. He has a strong track record of advising government, development finance institutions and bi-lateral donors on the strategic conceptualisation, governance and operating structures for climate change facilities, funds and programs. Dan also has an established track record of helping facilitate the development of impactful public-private partnerships. He built this as an advisor to the Environment Team at the World Economic Forum (WEF). This experience was extended as a partnership & investment advisor at the Global Green Growth Institute in Korea where Dan worked with senior policy makers and corporate executives to launch multi-year investment partnerships for renewable energy in emerging markets. Dan started his career at JPMorgan, Accenture Strategy and is a graduate of Cambridge University.
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