What are green financial solutions
In simple terms, green financial solutions are a range of financial products and services that deliver both investable returns and environmentally positive outcomes. Green Financial Solutions are important levers to impact and influence the redirection of financial flows, enable mainstream asset owners to capture opportunities in the ongoing sustainable development and hasten developments towards more sustainability in the real economy.
Green investments are needed
Why we need to finance Sustainable Landscape
1/4th of global emissions
can be accounted to land use
and potentially over one third of possible solutions. But currently, in terms of green finance, only one per cent is going to land-based solutions. Investors and land managers still struggle to generate high-quality and de-risked land-use projects.
for transforming supply chains
In the meantime, major corporations are increasingly engaged with the concept of sustainability practices and corporate social responsibility (CSR). With their brand power and capital, large corporations, in partnership with environmental organisations, have the potential to drive green finance towards land-based solutions, transforming industries and supply chains, and mitigating climate change.
driver of economic development and wellbeing
While agriculture could be a considerable driver of economic development and wellbeing in the region, agricultural markets in most countries remain underdeveloped and fragmented.
the backbone of agricultural production
A major challenge relates to the integration of the region’s over 100 million smallholder farmers – the backbone of agricultural production – into higher-value agriculture commodity chains.
to integrate smallholder
On the one hand, post-harvest infrastructures and institutional arrangements are poorly developed in much of the region. On the other, landholdings are relatively small-scale and geographically dispersed.
on landscapes and their ecosystems
In light of an ever-growing global demand for forest-risk commodities such as rubber and palm oil, and a rising population in Southeast Asia, the question is how to adjust current modes of agricultural production without further degrading the region’s natural ecosystems.
Aligning actors and interest
and pro accounting impacts and trade-offs
Production landscapes typically combine a set of different land uses (e.g. agriculture and forestry) and land user groups, as well as often diverging development interests (e.g. infrastructure development vs. biodiversity conservation).
Landscapes can be an ideal framework to achieve economic, environmental and social objectives at the same time.
By aligning different actors and interests, and by properly accounting for the impacts and trade-offs of certain land use, a holistic approach to natural resource management can be achieved.
Hastening the transition
towards sustainable supply chains
Green finance directed at production landscapes represents a significant opportunity to hasten the transition towards sustainable and resilient supply chains.
the incentives and behaviors of actors
Green finance presents a key lever to shifting the incentives and behaviors of actors towards land use that can be sustained in the long run and protects the health of ecosystems, communities and soils.
Innovative financial mechanisms
to invest in sustainable land management
Collaborative and innovative financial mechanisms can provide smallholders with the financial capital to invest in sustainable land management, while also allowing banks and investors to access an underserved market
- Landscape Approach
What are some requirements to promote green finance?
Blueprints for specific types of investment in natural capital
What we do
Responsible investing, which includes impact and conservation investing, has entered a dynamic momentum globally and investors are starting to implement this into strategies. This increasing interest in sustainable investing is far from happening at optimal scale and impact and must increase.
WWF can help redirect existing mainstream finance and also help develop and expand mechanisms and solutions including: SDG-focused investment vehicles, improved environmental focus in impact investing, expanding deployment of credible green bonds, lending incentives related to sustainability risk profiles, and other conservation finance asset class opportunities.
Standards and Metrics
WWF develops and supports effective and credible standards & metrics based on science-based criteria that can be adopted by mainstream asset owners.
WWF develops and supports green financial mechanisms and solutions that are relevant to mainstream asset owners and enable them to allocate investment.
WWF trains professionals in ASEAN banks on best practices in ESG integration and the development of green financial solutions