Natural Assets: Mangroves

Catalysing investment for mangrove-positive businesses

Our 2020 report, “Financing the Earth’s Assets: The Case for Mangroves”, builds the business case and finance blueprint for mangroves, based on the 40 regions in the world holding over 70% of the world's remaining mangrove ecosystems, quantifying the investment opportunities of mangroves as an asset.

From this, we launched the M40 Mangrove Programme to develop a global pipeline of mangrove-positive business models that can drive impact on blue foods, blue carbon and blue resilience at scale. We are working with investment pilots that show how to bridge the gap between commercial capital and catalytic philanthropy.

Based on this groundwork, we are developing a blended finance platform to provide companies, investors and philanthropists the vehicle to catalyse investment in mangroves at scale.

green infrastructure

$65 billion per year

The coastal protection provided by mangroves make them a vital form of green infrastructure. Our work with infrastructure projects and local organisations is creating investable opportunities that draw on the potential of this natural asset.

M40 Programme outcomes

stage one - 2023

Investment pilots

stage two - 2024

Regional blueprints

stage three - 2025

The M40 Fund

MANGROVE-POSITIVE BUSINESSES MODELS

Developing an investment pipeline

We’ve identified a broad range of mangrove-positive business models that fit within five themes. As well as having a positive impact on mangrove conservation and restoration, all projects in the pipeline benefit community livelihoods and support the long-term economic prospects of the local areas.

Agriculture

Green Infrastructure

Eco Tourism

Agroforestry

Blue carbon

Aquaculture

Green infrastructure

Blue carbon

Ecotourism

New Materials

Our focus

The investment cases and relevant blend of growth capital.

The potential for future ‘premium’ blue carbon based on co-benefits.

Measurement, reporting, and verification (MRV).

The potential impact of private sector expertise and collaboration.

How to measure and communicate the comprehensive impact value.

case study

Investing in mangroves for coastal resilience in North Jakarta

Among the pilot projects of our M40 programme, we're working in one of the remaining mangroves sites in North Jakarta, Taman Wisata Alam Angke Kapuk (TWA AK), to bring funders and investors to support Jakarta's nature-based coastal resilience through an eco-tourism model.

Coupled with the blue carbon stored in these ecosystems, this provides a model for investment into the resilience of cities, as the world’s tropical regions look to improve coastal adaptation in urban areas and move towards net-zero.

2021 - Present | design thinking for institutional finance

Advancing a
Mangrove Bond

We have just completed a project supported by HSBC Australia, exploring the barriers, opportunities and viable design options for creating a Mangrove Bond in South-East Queensland (SEQ), Australia. We are now developing an implementation proposal in collaboration with Natural Resource Management (NRM) Queensland that to share with companies and investors in SEQ that have expressed an interest in funding such work.

Agriculture

Green Infrastructure

Eco Tourism

Agroforestry

Blue carbon

2023 - present | a model for nature-based coastal adaptation

Adaptation investments in Least Developed Countries

We are working to create an investment facility that enables multinational corporations to finance mangrove projects in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in partnership with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the UN Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO). We are identifying the business value drivers, from increasing the resilience of infrastructure and value chains, to creating lasting positive impacts on the blue economy in countries where these companies operate.

Agriculture

Green Infrastructure

Eco Tourism

Agroforestry

Blue carbon

2020 - 2023 | mangroves as nature-based solutions

Innovations in
Mangrove Insurance

Our research on financial innovation provides insurance companies, investment banks and public financial institutions with the analysis, data and new perspectives needed to develop innovative finance products that put mangroves at the heart of their business development strategies. In partnership with the International Climate Initiative (IKI), we developed the blueprint for the development of “Mangrove Insurance” products in the Philippines, due to market in 2025.

Agriculture

Green Infrastructure

Eco Tourism

Agroforestry

Blue carbon

2018 - Present | supporting global ambitions

The Mangrove Breakthrough

Our research provided a basis to support partners, including the UN Climate Champions and the Global Mangrove Alliance, in establishing The Mangrove Breakthrough in 2022. The Breakthrough provides a framework ambition and opportunity for UN member countries, companies, and NGOs to work together to scale finance for mangroves. We are proud that our programmes continue to contribute to the impact of the Mangrove Breakthrough.

Agriculture

Green Infrastructure

Eco Tourism

Agroforestry

Blue carbon

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