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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!

International travel and trade are greater than ever before. As people & commodities move around the world, organisms that present risks to plants travel with them.This course introduces you to the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), an international plant health agreement that aims to protect cultivated and wild plants by preventing the introduction and spread of pests. It will take you around 2 hours to complete the course, excluding additional training materials. You are required to answer at least 80 per cent of the assessment questions correctly in order to obtain a course certificate. 

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 cooperation with the Internaitonal Plant Protection Convention (IPPC). 


Land-use planning frameworks have traditionally focused on developing settlements and related infrastructures with limited consideration of biodiversity conservation and climate adaptation and mitigation requirements. It is underused in maximizing win-win solutions for human well-being and sustainability under the threat of global climate change. Awareness and knowledge of land-use planning as a tool for biodiversity and climate resilience are to be raised and strengthened among relevant actors at various levels.

Resilience thinking includes the ability to persist in the face of challenges, adapt to new realities, or transform to fundamentally new paths for development. Resilience thinking is more than a theory, more than a set of tools. It is a way of seeing the world, offering a new perspective of how change in the world happens. Resilience thinking provides a new approach for building understanding and taking action in a complex world that is deeply interconnected and ever-changing. Trailer:

Applying Resilience Thinking to National Biodiversity Plans discusses how resilience thinking can be used to help facilitate delivery of the global biodiversity and development agendas. With a focus on national biodiversity plans, the course shows how resilience thinking can inform policymaking, planning, and implementation to deliver on the ABTs and the SDGs. This course builds on the module Understanding Resilience Thinking, which introduces the concept of resilience and shows how resilience assessments can be used to address pressing conservation and development challenges. 

Understanding Resilience Thinking introduces the concept of resilience and shows how you can use resilience assessments to address pressing conservation and development challenges. You will learn about the key steps for conducting resilience assessments,  and how to use these results to develop effective sustainable development and conservation actions. This course covers four topics, and will take you approximately six hours to complete. 

The goal of this module is to help you understand SCSCs, and how the implementation of SCSCs helps achieve implementation of global agreements such as the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) SCSCs can also support the implementation of central policy instruments for national biodiversity management, such as National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs).  There are three lessons in this course. Each lesson should take approximately 60 minutes to complete.

Sustainable Consumption and Production limits the environmental degradation caused by the production and use of goods and services. The goal of this module is to help you understand the concept of SCP in the context of national conservation and development planning and management processes, such as those associated with NBSAPs and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Each lesson takes approximately 45 minutes to complete. The entire course should take three hours to complete.

Aimed at protected area practitioners and managers who are primarily working with protected area systems. By taking this facilitated course, participants will gain an overview of key issues related to the design and management of protected area systems.