Investments in ICM projects can come from a number of sources, including international development organizations, commercial finance institutions, corporations and private investors. To date, the track record for investment in coastal and marine conservation remains almost exclusively with program-related investment (PRI) through development organizations, foundations and public institutions. However, a handful of investment-related initiatives are looking to develop viable models that can generate financial return from improved coastal and marine ecosystem services.
For non-grant funding, investors will expect a financial return on their investment or repayment of debt with interest. However, some "impact investors" may also consider the environmental and social impact of their investments, and may be willing to sacrifice some level of financial return for postive impact.
Aligning ICM Project Intent with Investor Expectations
Are you seeking funding or investment for an ICM project? Research shows that there is no shortage of investment capital available. The challenge investors express is in identifying quality, investible projects that meet their expdectation for both financial and environmental and social return, within an acceptable level of risk.
The SEA Knowledge Bank can assess the investment-readiness of specific projects and provide feedback on how favorable a project may look to investors. Through this questionnaire, project owners can develop a better understanding of what investors expect across several important dimensions, along with the type of funding your organization is likely fit to pursue along with examples of such funding/investing organizations in the region.