Restoration Revolution: Challenges and Opportunities for Scaling up Financing for Restoration

Chandragiri river, Kerali - India

Restoration Day at the Rio Convention’ Pavilion

UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15), 13 December 2022

Coverage of Restoration Day:

World Restoration Flagship award photos:


Ecosystem restoration is key to reaching the targets set out in the global biodiversity framework and the Paris Agreement. Scaling up investments in restoration is critical to meeting these goals and requires stronger collaboration between private financial entities, governments, multilaterals, and local communities.  Participants in this session will discuss the challenges to and opportunities for increasing restoration finance, building on the work of the UN Decade Finance Task Force. The session will provide a space to share promising solutions in the form of financial instruments and approaches, business models, and project structures that serve as blueprints for replicable and scalable approaches.

Moderator: Valerie Hickey, Global Director, Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy, World Bank 


  • Christian Peter, Practice Manager, Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy, World Bank
  • Jair Urriola Quiroz, Executive Secretary, The Central American Commission for Environment and Development
  • Anita Montoute, Permanent Secretary, Government of Saint Lucia
  • Jeremy Eppel, Principal, Nature Finance
  • Naomi Morenzoni, Senior Vice President and Head of Ecosystem Restoration & Climate Justice Fund, Salesforce
  • Marine de Bazelaire, Group Advisor on Natural Capital, HSBC

Eva Mayerhofer, Head of Environmental Policy Unit, European Investment Bank