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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Explore the rationale and challenges behind the impetus of enhancing synergies among the biodiversity-related conventions, and why the NBSAP process should be used as an instrument to achieve the coherent implementation of the conventions through enhancing cooperation at national and regional levels.

Duration: 45 minutes

This course introduces the subject of ecosystem services, why they are important, and how they can be incorporated into different sections of NBSAPs. It will also help NBSAP practitioners to identify and prioritize NBSAP actions and milestones for achieving Targets concerning ecosystem services.

Available in English and Russian.

This course presents a framework to assist NBSAP practitioners to understand why, and identify how, spatial data and mapping can be incorporated into NBSAPs.

Duration: 90 mintues.

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

This course introduces the subject of target setting for NBSAPs, including key concepts, definitions and principles, the context of the CBD and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets as a flexible framework for target setting.

Duration: 45 minutes

This course is no longer open for general enrollment.


The Greening Consumption and Production Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) ran from 31 May through 12 July 2017. This facilitated course offered a certificate of completion provided by the United Nations Development Programme, in partnership with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the NBSAP Forum and The Nature Conservancy. The course was aimed at policymakers and practitioners working in the area of green consumption and production. Participants in this six-week facilitated course gained an understanding of key issues related to greening production, consumption and supply chains from a biodiversity standpoint; became proficient in mechanisms to facilitate sustainable consumption and production at the international and local level, and had the chance to interact with world-known specialists from UNDP, the private sector, NGOs and national ministries. This facilitated course encouraged participants to think critically about resource use patterns in the context of international, national, and local approaches to greening consumption and production.

Languages: English, French, Spanish