DUBAI UAE, 2 December 2023 – The Southeast Asia Climate and Nature-based Solutions (SCeNe) Coalition launched its web-based Nature-based Solutions (NbS) Tool today at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) or the Conference of Parties (COP) 28. 

“We are pleased to launch our NbS Tool, an initiative that aims to democratize access to knowledge, technical assistance, and climate finance so that frontline organizations (FOs) across Southeast Asia can engage in NbS projects with full awareness and consent. Led by World Resources Institute (WRI) Indonesia, this tool represents months of developing the various features of the Tool, including stakeholder consultations and user-testing. The Tool will support the Coalition’s aim to accelerate and scale-up the participatory design and implementation of high-quality triple-benefit NbS projects in Southeast Asia,” said Martin Callow, Co-Chair of the SCeNe Coalition and Regional Director, Southeast Asian Archipelago of Wildlife Conservation Society. 

The NbS Tool aims to enable FOs, such as local NGOs and community groups, to access data, develop project documentation, enhance their capacity and capability to participate in NbS projects that can channel climate and carbon finance that ensures climate-positive impact, biodiversity protection, and support communities to build resilience and sustainable livelihoods. 

The Tool also plays a comprehensive role in directing carbon investor funds toward FOs in Southeast Asia. Simultaneously, it is committed to raising industry standards by enhancing approaches for estimating, measuring, and documenting the diverse impacts of NbS projects, emphasizing not only environmental but also community and biodiversity outcomes. 

In essence, the Tool represents a significant step towards a more accessible, impactful, and standardized approach to NbS project development and funding in the region. 

Launching the NbS Tool at a panel session titled The Power of Technology: Leveraging technology to accelerate nature-based solutions at the Singapore Pavilion, Dewi R. Sari, NbS Tool Lead of the SCeNe Coalition and NbS Financing Senior Program Lead of WRI Indonesia, who led the development of the Tool funded by and supported by, said, “The NbS Tool is specifically designed for FOs and investors, and brings an added layer of innovation and accessibility, ensuring that organizations, regardless of size or financial capacity, can benefit from the Tool's features. It is fully free-to-use, making it a valuable resource for a broad spectrum of users.” 

In Version 1 of the NbS Tool launched at COP28, two main features will be available: 

  1. Interactive map: provides analysis of Current Conditions and Triple-Benefit Data for users. This function helps FOs and investors evaluate project baseline data by specifying the project location and leveraging spatial analysis capabilities. It empowers users to make informed decisions based on 46 data layers on nature, people, and climate. 
  2. Project Management: allows users to generate project documents. This function simplifies the creation of project documents after analyzing baseline data, saving time, and enabling data-driven project proposals. Two types of documents users can generate are General Project Documentation which contains site information, data on biodiversity, carbon, and people with potential triple benefit outcomes. Another type of document is a specific Standard and Certification for Carbon Project development. 

In its next iteration, the NbS Tool will add more data layers including species-specific distribution and country-specific layers. The tool will also add a new feature, the NbS Portfolio, a feature designed to showcase a set of criteria on biodiversity and social outcomes for high-quality projects. The NbS Portfolio will also showcase high-integrity triple-benefit NbS projects, which will inform market participants about NbS best practices. 

The Tool represents a first step in the NbS project assessment stage and project-specific data and information from the Tool will support further technical assistance to FOs via the Coalition’s NbS Incubator program, which aims to ensure the delivery of scientific, regulatory, technical, technological, financial, and business development support to FOs at various stages of project development, from pre-feasibility through to carbon sales. Seven pilot projects have been identified by the Coalition for support from the NbS Incubator and includes projects in the Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia. 

The members of the SCeNe Coalition are Conservation International (CI), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), IDH-the Sustainable Trade Initiative, Birdlife International, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Mandai Nature, World Resources Institute (WRI) Indonesia, and WWF-Singapore (World Wide Fund for Nature Singapore), with Boston Consulting Group (BCG) providing strategic advice to SCeNe and its initiatives. Google’s philanthropic arm,, provided US$1 million in foundational support to Mandai Nature to partner with the members of the SCeNE Coalition to develop the NbS Tool. 


SceNe Coalition 

The Southeast Asia Climate and Nature-based Solutions (SceNe) Coalition is a collaboration between leading non-governmental organizations with an established presence in Southeast Asia aimed at accelerating and increasing implementation of and investment in high-quality, high-integrity, triple-benefit NbS across the region. 

Media Contact: 

  • Edwin Seah, NbS Partnerships Leads, SCeNe Coalition,, +65 9847 1045 
  • Sakinah Ummu Haniy, Senior Communication Coordinator for SCeNe Coalition, WRI Indonesia, 
  •, +65 9725 1115, +65 9389 7943