The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and partners are running a free online course on Biodiversity Finance from 15 April, 2019. This seven-week course is designed to train biodiversity policymakers and practitioners to use the language of business and finance to better conserve biodiversity while delivering on national economic priorities.
When? April 15-May 31 (7 weeks)
How? Register free here
According to the UNDP, humanity depends on nature, yet we have historically ignored its value – the world’s natural capital is worth US$125 trillion per year. Nature’s services are threatened by conflicting private and public interests, ineffective policy and governance, and insufficient financing. It’s vital to make an urgent business case for financially sound and politically feasible solutions for biodiversity.
This course aims to teach participants how to assess the policy, institutional, and economic context for biodiversity finance; conduct a financial needs assessment to achieve a country’s biodiversity goals; and, develop a biodiversity finance plan for most suitable finance solutions.
It will feature Ireland's Biodiversity Expenditure Review examining how researchers Craig Bullock and Rachel Morrison (University College Dublin) broke new ground in applying the Biodiversity Finance Initiative methodology to track and mobilise finance for biodiversity. This is now being followed up with a Financial Needs Assessment for biodiversity, which was one of the Seeds for Nature from the National Biodiversity Conference. Both projects are co-funded by the National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Irish Research Council.
See: www.biodiversityfinance.net/news-and-media/free-online-course-biodiversity-finance-starts-15-april-2019 for more details.