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Debt-for-nature swaps could give $100 billion boost to climate fight, says report

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🗞️ Driving the news: Debt-for-nature swaps could provide $100 billion to combat climate change by having poorer nations protect vital ecosystems in exchange for debt relief
• These financial agreements are gaining attention as tools for both ecological protection and economic relief 
• Countries like Belize, Ecuador, and Barbados have successfully implemented such swaps recently

🔭 The context: The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) estimates are based on potential swaps in 49 vulnerable countries 
• These nations owe a collective $431 billion and received under $14 billion in climate finance in 2021 
• The report aims to influence the upcoming IMF and World Bank Spring meetings to expand debt swaps

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Debt-for-nature swaps provide financial resources for environmental conservation critical for mitigating climate impacts 
• By relieving debt, these countries can focus more on sustainable practices and less on economic recovery alone 
• The swaps support projects that preserve ecosystems which are vital for global biodiversity and climate stability

⏭️ What's next: The IIED pushes for broader adoption of debt-for-nature swaps at international financial meetings 
• Countries like Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and The Gambia could be next to benefit from such arrangements 
• These measures are expected to provide fiscal relief and promote environmental conservation simultaneously

💬 One quote: "For governments, it creates some fiscal space, but also helps to achieve outcomes in terms of climate and nature that have global impact," (Laura Kelly, director of IIED’s sustainable markets research group)

📈 One stat: Countries focused on for potential debt swaps collectively owe $431 billion

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