A triple win: managing debt, climate and nature in the pandemic recovery

Date: Tuesday, 30 March 2021
Where: Online
Landscape of cracked earth

Cracked earth, from lack of water and baked from the heat of the sun, forms a pattern in the Nakuru, Rift Valley, Kenya (Photo: Francisco Anzola via FlickrCC BY 2.0 )

The pressure of growing debt on emerging economies has severely impacted efforts to tackle the climate crises and biodiversity loss. The pandemic has made the situation even more urgent. This event on Tuesday, 30 March explored emerging research into sustainable and innovative post-pandemic debt management with outcomes for nature and climate.

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Debt is a major concern for many countries and has been made worse by COVID-19. The economic recovery from the pandemic requires bold, innovative, and sustainable responses that address the triple crises of debt, climate change and biodiversity destruction.

This event on Tuesday, 30 March 2021 explored recent research into previous debt relief efforts such as the Heavily Indebted Poor Country Initiative and the current debt challenges facing African countries in particular. The expert panel will discuss how the growth of debt is impacting investments to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement.


Juliette Tunstall  (, IIED's internal engagement and external events officer