Sacha de Rijk (Deltares) explained the background of KIMA program and the importance of monitoring. She shared some main lessons learned from the different research tracks. An important finding is that a wide variety of habitats was key to the current rich high biodiversity on the islands. She praised the work of the researchers: “It was their fascination that made it possible to develop and share our knowledge today.”
Geoff Wilson from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) gives insight into how they finance Nature-based Solutions (NbS) and how co-benefits can be quantified. The Asian Development helps to fund different projects throughout Asia and ‘pushing’ NbS is high on their agenda, but Geoff Wilson sees that upscaling can be difficult.