IISD Webinar - Financing Soil Remediation: Experiences from China and the world

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12 Sep 2018

On 12 September 2018 (10:00 AM CEST), the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is hosting a webinar on "Financing Soil Remediation: Experiences from China and the world".  

How does soil remediation become a worthwhile investment for holders of private capital, and how can we ensure that the limited investments from the public purse are used optimally?

This webinar will discuss this topic and the relevance, opportunities and risks of exploring innovative models and instruments for financing soil remediation projects.

Soil contamination has become an urgent issue globally. In China alone, nearly 20 percent of farmland is contaminated, posing a severe health risk, estimates of the cost of cleaning these contaminated soils run to USD 1.3 trillion, more than 10% of China’s annual GDP. According to the 12th Five Year Plan, the Chinese central government only budgeted for less than USD 5 billion and leaves a considerable gap for private funding to invest.

The expert presenters will introduce the new Soil Pollution Prevention and Control Law adopted in China on August 31, 2018; and will provide an overview of how governments around the world are dealing with the daunting financing challenges in addressing soil contaminations. They will also share case studies and identify potential funding avenues, including blended finance options, especially in those areas most difficult to attract private sector funding.

Webinar participants will have the opportunity to ask questions, provide insight and share strategic and other considerations.

Expert presenters:

  • Zilin Yuan – Research Assistant, Chinese Academy of Environmental Planning (CAEP)
  • Ingvild Skumlien Furuseth – Research Assistant, Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA)
  • Oshani Perera – Director, Public Procurement and Infrastructure Finance, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
  • Mathias Lund Larsen – Director of International Cooperation, International Institute for Green Finance (IIGF)

To learn more about financing soil remediation projects, read their three reports online.



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