Knowledge Note

"Integrating nature into mainstream infrastructure systems can produce lower cost and more resilient services"  

 In developing countries, achieving the infrastructure related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and staying on track to limit global temperature increase to two degrees could cost 4.5 percent to 8 percent of GDP, depending on how efficiently it is done. A traditional focus on exclusively humanbuilt “gray” infrastructure would put costs at the higher end of that spectrum and make it more challenging to meet these needs. 

A new generation of infrastructure projects that harness the power of nature can help achieve development goals, including water security and climate resilience. In this report from the World Bank and World Resources Institute, both organizations are calling for green infrastructure, such as mangroves and wetlands, to play a bigger role in traditional infrastructure planning. Read this Bite to learn about the approaches and examples of how to integrate green infrastructure into mainstream project appraisal processes and investments.

This Knowledge Note is a condensed form of a report from the World Bank and World Resources Institute. To learn more, please access the full paper here