Strategic planning transforms and protects

While infrastructure development has played a role in biodiversity declines, sustainable infrastructure is a promising pathway to change this troubling trajectory and transform humanity’s relationship with the natural world.  

The Sustainable Infrastructure Tool Navigator is a starting point to help practitioners plan and execute these types of projects.

Biodiversity is declining

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species is an important indicator of the health of the world’s biodiversity. There are more than 37,400 species on the list that are threatened with extinction, including 41% of amphibians, 34% of conifers, 33% of reef-building corals and 26% of mammals. Overall, one in four species is threatened with extinction.

Reef corals

Interested in learning more?

Biodiversity and Infrastructure: A better nexus? Policy Paper on mainstreaming biodiversity conservation into the infrastructure sector


This policy brief provides policy guidance in how biodiversity mainstreaming can be reconciled with the infrastructure sector. 

Visioning Futures: Improving Infrastructure Planning to Harness Nature’s Benefits in a Warming World

By: WWF and GIZ

This report provides key recommendations on integrating considerations of natural capital and ecosystem services, climate risks and resilience, and sustainable development needs in infrastructure planning. 

Reducing Environmental Risks from Belt and Road Initiative Investments in Transportation Infrastructure

By: The World Bank

This paper studies environmental risks from Belt and Road Initiative transportation projects and the mitigation strategies and policies to address them.  

Mainstreaming biodiversity in the infrastructure sector: Fostering system-level approaches

By: : UN Environment et al.

This policy brief calls attention to interlinkages between biodiversity, ecosystems, and landscapes and diverse forms of infrastructure.

Relevant sustainability tools