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The NBSAP Forum provides free, web-based learning opportunities that build your professional capacity to develop and implement NBSAPs. We offer over 30 free, self-paced online courses on the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and elements of the NBSAP and 6NR revision and implementation processes. At the end of each course, you will receive a certificate of completion. You can take our courses when and where you like with minimum disruptions in your busy working schedule. Enrolling in our e-learning courses is simple. Simply click on the course you are interested and taking. The Forum will take you to a Partner website where our modules are hosted. You can create your profile at no cost, and get started today. We look forward to learning with you!

The export of chemicals has raised grave concerns to developing countries and countries with economies in transition, as they may be faced with chemicals without adequate information about their harmful impacts and without the infrastructure to manage them in an environmentally sound manner. This course introduces you to the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade, which provides Parties with a first line of defense against hazardous chemicals. The e-course is comprised of three lessons. It will take you 1 hour approximately to complete the course, excluding additional materials. 

Note on Partners: The InforMEA Initiative brings together Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEA) to develop harmonized and interoperable information systems for the benefit of Parties and the environment community at large. It is facilitated by UN Environment and financially supported by the European Union. This course was developed in partnership with the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.

Mercury is a heavy metal that occurs naturally but can also be released into air, water and soil through anthropogenic activities such as mining, metal and cement production, and combustion of fossil fuels. It is highly toxic and persistent in the environment. It can be transported in the atmosphere great distances, and can enter the food chain and accumulate in flora and fauna. This course introduces you to the Minamata Convention on Mercury, which seeks to protect the human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions and releases of mercury and mercury compounds. The e-course is comprised of three lessons. It will take you one hour approximately to complete the course, excluding additional materials. 

Note on Partners: The InforMEA Initiative brings together Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEA) to develop harmonized and interoperable information systems for the benefit of Parties and the environment community at large. It is facilitated by UN Environment and financially supported by the European Union. This course was developed in partnership with the Secretariat of Minamata Convention on Mercury.

Once generated, hazardous wastes require proper handling and disposal if their adverse impacts on human health and the environment are to be avoided. This course introduces you to the Basel Convention, which is the most important legally binding international agreement related to hazardous and other wastes.  It will take you 2 hours approximately to complete the course, excluding additional materials.

Note on Partners: The InforMEA Initiative brings together Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEA) to develop harmonized and interoperable information systems for the benefit of Parties and the environment community at large. It is facilitated by UN Environment and financially supported by the European Union. This course was developed in partnership with the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.

Wetlands are among the most complex and productive ecosystems in the world, comparable to rainforests and coral reefs. They can host an immense variety of species of microbes, plants, insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds, fish and mammals. All these species are closely linked to wetlands and to each other, forming a life cycle and a complex set of interactions. For this reason, protectign wetland habitats is essential for maintaining global and national biodiversity. This course introduces you to the Ramsar Convention, which was the first treaty to recognize that wetlands are among the most productive sources of ecological support on Earth.  It will take you 1 hour approximately to complete the course, excluding additional materials.

Note on Partners: The InforMEA Initiative brings together Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEA) to develop harmonized and interoperable information systems for the benefit of Parties and the environment community at large. It is facilitated by UN Environment and financially supported by the European Union. This course was developed with the Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention). 

The way in which genetic resources are accessed, and how the benefits of their use are shared, can create incentives for their conservation and sustainable use, and can contribute to the creation of a fairer and more equitable economy to support sustainable development. This course introduces you to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization, which is a Protocol to the Convention on Biological Diversity that creates greater legal certainty and transparency for both providers and users of genetic resources and traditional knowledge associated with genetic resources.

Note on Partners: The InforMEA Initiative brings together Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEA) to develop harmonized and interoperable information systems for the benefit of Parties and the environment community at large. It is facilitated by UN Environment and financially supported by the European Union. This course was developed in partnership with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

No country is self-sufficient in plant genetic resources; all depend on genetic diversity in crops from other countries and regions. International cooperation and open exchange of genetic resources are therefore essential for food security. This course introduces you to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, the legally binding framework for the conservation and sustainable use of all plant genetic resources for food and agriculture. It will take you 2 hours approximately to complete the course, excluding additional materials. 

Note on Partners: The InforMEA Initiative brings together Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEA) to develop harmonized and interoperable information systems for the benefit of Parties and the environment community at large. It is facilitated by UN Environment and financially supported by the European Union. This course was developed in partnership with the Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR-FA).

Levels of exploitation of some animal and plant species are high and the trade in them, together with other factors, such as habitat loss, is capable of heavily depleting their populations and even bringing some species close to  extinction. Many wildlife species in trade are not endangered, but the existence of an agreement to ensure the sustainability of the trade is important in order to safeguard these resources for the future. This course introduces you to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which is an international agreement to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. It will take you 1 hour approximately to complete the course, excluding additional materials.

Note on Partners: The InforMEA Initiative brings together Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEA) to develop harmonized and interoperable information systems for the benefit of Parties and the environment community at large. It is facilitated by UN Environment and financially supported by the European Union. This course was developed in partnership with the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

The Earth's biological resources are vital to humanity's economic and social development. As a result, there is a growing recognition that biological diversity is a global asset of tremendous value to present and future generations. At the same time, the threat to species and ecosystems caused by human activities has never been so great. This course introduces you to the Convention on Biological Diversity, which is the legally binding framework for the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components, and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the use of genetic resources. It will take you 2 and a half hours approximately to complete the course, excluding additional materials.

Note on Partners: The InforMEA Initiative brings together Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEA) to develop harmonized and interoperable information systems for the benefit of Parties and the environment community at large. It is facilitated by UN Environment and financially supported by the European Union. This course was developed in partnership with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).