National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans

The following courses have been developed through the NBSAP Forum and in support of countries who are currently revising and updating their NBSAPs.

Each course focuses on a particular thematic area.


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This module discusses how ecosystem services can best be incorporated into protected area management, and in so doing contribute to sustainable development. The lessons will improve your knowledge of the links between managing protected areas for biodiversity conservation and for ecosystem services. The module is designed for protected area managers, conservation practitioners, and conservation policymakers.

Duration: 4 hours

This course 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, how to develop resilience assessments using existing frameworks, and how to use these results to develop effective sustainable development and conservation actions.

Photo Credit: UNDP Zimbabwe | Anesu Freddy


Available in English, French and Spanish.

Duration: 6 hours.

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 will show you how resilience thinking can inform policymaking, planning, and implementation to deliver on the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Available in English, Spanish, and French

This course introduces the concept of sustainable consumption and production (SCP). It also describes how to integrate SCP concepts into conservation and development planning and management processes, such as those associated with National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) and UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Available in English, French and Spanish.

Duration: 180 minutes

This course introduces the concept of sustainable commodity supply chains (SCSC). It will also support you to identify how SCSC principles can be integrated into biodiversity and development planning and implementation in order to mainstream conservation values into key production sectors.

Available in English, French and Spanish.

Duration: 105 minutes