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Focus on WISH+ project - Component 2

 23 January 2023
Focus on WISH+ project - Component 2
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WISH+ Component 2: Create opportunities for scaling up and sustaining funding for Integrated Watershed Management

The WISH+ project team will develop decision support tools** aimed at identifying priorities for investment in Nature-based Solutions (NbS), as well as financing mechanisms to support their long-term implementation in Melanesian countries.

The aim is to provide guidance to the governments and landowners on optimal locations to invest in #NbS and other watershed interventions, as well as what types of actions work best in different contexts to achieve outcomes for biodiversity, climate, health & well-being.

**Examples:

- Maps of watersheds that are high risk for downstream impact to human and environmental health.

- Easy-to-use interactive tools that will allow decision-makers to identify the most appropriate watershed actions given local conditions.

The following solutions will be implemented:

#1 Planning support

- Engage local end-users to contribute to the development of models to identify high risk watersheds.

- Provide training to national and provincial government staff on how to use risk maps and interactive tools to prioritize watershed management action.

#2 Sustainable financing vehicle development

- Build the business case for investing in integrated watershed management to avert future healthcare and environmental rehabilitation costs.

- Develop and expand sustainable financing vehicles, including the PNG national Biodiversity and Climate Fund, tailored to national and local contexts to enable long-term delivery of social, ecological, and climate co-benefits through investments in NbS and water, sanitation and hygiene within high risk watersheds.

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