Green Infrastructure and Climate Resiliency

Floods accounted for more lives lost and more property damage than any other natural disaster in the United States during the 20th century. Most climate models predict the frequency and severity of flooding to worsen and recent research suggests that flooding is almost unique as an impact that will affect every region, whether coastal or inland, urban or rural.

Apart from developing flood control infrastructure for increased resilience against the vagaries of global climate change, as experienced in major storms such as Hurricane Katrina and Sandy, more and more municipalities and states are faced with improving their storm water management practices and infrastructure to meet tightening Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations and National Pollution Discharge Elimination Program (NPDES) limits.

We see water, flood prevention, and climate resiliency projects as a function of other projects (and their benefits). Too often water projects are perceived as standalone (cost) projects and are organized separately from urban development, energy, transport, and (urban) agriculture. We believe there is value in integrated project development, in which a wider range of benefits and beneficiaries are included and additional functions are added.

Through integrated project development we acknowledge the need for concerted action on the basis of a long-term and regional perspective and a flexible menu of possible solutions, measures and projects to increase climate resiliency. While at the same time serving other goals and ambitions – economic, ecological, and spatial. Instead of first allocating funds and then developing solutions and measures that will fit the budget, an integrated project development approach aims to take on a wider perspective, combine functions, and identify alternative solutions that will serve multiple beneficiaries and stakeholders and generate (new) business. This creates opportunities for innovative funding and financing and new partnerships between public authorities and private companies. Sometimes P3 structures we know from other sectors may prove useful, but projects always require tailor-made solutions. IMG Rebel helps with developing, structuring and implementing these innovative funding, financing, and contracting solutions.

The projects we have worked on cover the full spectrum of green infrastructure needed to increase climate resilience, from engineering flood control structures, exploiting natural geomorphology, to restoring land’s natural storm water hydrology. This technical understanding, in combination with our core expertise in infrastructure finance gives us an unmatched foundation from which to build durable and lasting climate change solutions.

Project selection

Jakarta Coastal Defense Strategy Program Management Unit

Client: Government of Indonesia and the Netherlands