Bridging the Financing Gap of Nature-Based Solutions

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The Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) and Fundacion Parke Nacional Aruba (FPNA) recently hosted a symposium on Nature-Based Solutions for Ecosystem Restoration, providing a platform for experts like Arxen Alders to share insights. Alders’ presentation, centered on “Financing Nature-Based Solutions,” shed light on the critical need for resource mobilization in the face of the biodiversity crisis.

Arxen Alders, representing Grant Thornton Aruba & Bonaire, began his presentation by emphasizing the scale of the current biodiversity crisis and the urgency of adequate financial investment. Given the magnitude of the problem, it is perhaps easiest to consider the financing needs across four different scales: local, landscape, national and regional, with each scale requiring tailored strategies for effective resource mobilization. This was all summarized through three primary goals, which can be used to guide financing efforts for nature-based solutions:

One: Build an Evidence-Based Case for Biodiversity

Creating a compelling case for biodiversity is essential to garner support. It’s not just about conservation—it’s about communicating tangible advantages to stakeholders, policymakers, and the wider public.

Two: Diversify Sources and Mechanisms

Relying on a single source of funding is risky. Alders advocated for diversifying sources and mechanisms to ensure a more resilient financial foundation. This involves exploring a combination of public and private funding, grants, and innovative financing mechanisms.

Three: Design Sustainable Finance Models

Sustainability is key to the success of Nature-Based Solutions. Alders urged the development of finance models that are not only effective in the short term but also sustainable in the long run. This includes exploring self-sustaining initiatives that generate revenue for ongoing conservation efforts.


Need for Action

Arxen Alders’ presentation at the Nature-Based Solutions symposium underscored the pressing need for increased financing in the realm of Nature-Based Solutions. By adopting a multi-scale approach, diversifying funding sources, and designing sustainable finance models, stakeholders can contribute to the effective incorporation of Nature-Based Solutions in Dutch Caribbean projects. The journey ahead involves collaborative efforts, innovative solutions, and a shared commitment to safeguarding biodiversity for generations to come. Are you ready to be part of the change?

To watch the full video of Arxen Alder’s s presentation, please see below:


Videos of the other presentations will be shared with you weekly. To (re-)watch the Zoom-recording of the symposium, please see below:



DCNA extends its gratitude towards the sponsors; Milton Harms Fonds in collaboration with Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Caribisch Gebied, Aruba Tourism Authority, VNO Ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken en Koninkrijksrelaties, Grant Thornton, Dutch Postcode Lottery, and Pelican Adventure, for contributing to the symposium and supporting an environment of collaboration and progress, exemplifying the power of partnership in driving positive ecological change.

The Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) was established in 2005 and represents a quintessentially Caribbean approach to nature conservation. In a highly fragmented region, the DCNA recognizes that the conservation challenges are simply too big for one organization or one island to face alone. On Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, St. Eustatius, and St. Maarten this truth was acknowledged and in response, the DCNA was formed, an organization with a singular voice to reflect a united effort to safeguard nature throughout the region. The DCNA believes that together we will be better able to find solutions to face these common threats. Built from the bottom up, the DCNA is a true grassroots organization, which has been able to weave together an active conservation network of autonomous organizations spanning the Dutch Caribbean.

Learn more about the DCNA by following the DCNA on social media via Facebook (Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance), Instagram (DCNAnature), LinkedIn (Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance), and visiting ​their website.

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