About Learning for Nature

The Learning for Nature online courses aim to

Promote best practices in conservation and sustainable development

Develop the capacity of biodiversity policymakers and practitioners to deliver on the Convention on Biological Diversity

Catalyze ongoing peer-to-peer learning and serve as a forum for knowledge exchange


Learning for Nature is a premier e-learning programme brought to you by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). This programme connects biodiversity policymakers, change-makers, and on-the-ground subject matter experts to facilitate: 1) the delivery of the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Aichi Biodiversity Targets, and 2) the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

The three flagship initiatives that are the bedrock of our work are housed within UNDP’s Global Programme on Nature for Development - the Equator Initiative, the NBSAP Forum, and the New York Declaration on Forests Global Platform. Access to the global multi-stakeholder networks mobilized by these three initiatives allows Learning for Nature to circulate knowledge while promoting best practices.

Building on our learnings on the ground, we seek synergies, build linkages, and engage thousands of course participants on their journey towards sustainable development solutions for people, nature, and resilient communities. Learning for Nature invites you to explore opportunities for building capacity to scale up efforts for nature-based sustainable development through Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), webinars, self-paced e-learning modules, and private training courses.


We have designed an extensive portfolio of e-learning offerings to fit your busy schedule. Our learning opportunities, offered in multiple languages, vary by recommended time commitments, types of activities, certification options, and instruction modes.

We invite you to explore the full list of our e-learning opportunities, and choose the one that works best for you! Whichever e-learning offering you choose, we guarantee a quality learning experience.


The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is an international treaty for the conservation, the sustainable use of the components of biodiversity and the equitable sharing of the benefits derived from the use of genetic resources. With 196 Parties, the Convention has near universal participation among countries. The Convention seeks to address threats to biodiversity and ecosystem services and promote sustainable development through scientific and technical cooperation, the development of tools, incentives and processes, the transfer of technologies and good practices with the full and active involvement of relevant stakeholders including indigenous and local communities, youth, NGOs, women and the business community.

ECOSUR  (El Colegio de la Frontera Sur) is a public center of scientific research, which seeks to contribute to the sustainable development of the southern border of Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean through the generation of knowledge, capacity building, and linking natural and social sciences.

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) was established on the eve of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit to help tackle our planet’s most pressing environmental problems. Since then, the GEF has provided over $20 billion in grants and mobilized an additional $88 billion in financing for more than 4000 projects in 170 countries. Today, the GEF is an international partnership of 183 countries, international institutions, civil society organizations, and the private sector, which addresses global environmental issues.

ConservationTraining is an open and free learning community that offers conservation-based training materials from The Nature Conservancy and partner organizations. With over 45,000 users from over 200 countries enrolled, its mission is to share training with conservation colleagues across the world.

The NBSAP Forum is a global partnership aiming to support the revision and implementation of National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans (NBSAPs). The Secretariat of Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and UN Environment Programme (UNEP) host it in partnership. The purpose of our web portal is to support countries in finding the information they need to develop and implement effective NBSAPs. This online community of practice also connects a wide range of stakeholders who need access to timely information regarding NBSAP best practices, guidance, resources, and/or, if they wish to share their information, knowledge, support and resources.

Pronatura Mexico is a non-governmental organization founded in 1981. Its mission is to promote the conservation and resilience of biodiversity and environmental services that contribute to the development of a fair and equitable society in harmony with nature. Pronatura works with local communities, government, and the private sector to promote sustainable development with a holistic and inclusive approach in three strategic areas: (1) nature and cities, (2) water, and (3) people.

SwedBio is a knowledge interface at Stockholm Resilience Centre contributing to poverty alleviation, equity, sustainable livelihoods, and social-ecological systems rich in biodiversity that persist, adapt, and transform under global change including climate change. SwedBio enables knowledge generation, dialogue, and exchanges between practitioners, policymakers, and scientists for the development and implementation of policies and methods, at multiple scales.


Flanders is the northern federated state of Belgium, bordered by the North Sea in the West, and nestled between the Netherlands and France. Flanders aims to contribute to the realisation of environmental policy objectives by: reporting on the state of the environment; preventing, limiting and reversing harmful impacts on water systems and pollution of the atmosphere; and realising integrated water policy objectives.


The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Biodiversity Finance Initiative  is a global partnership addressing the biodiversity finance challenge in a comprehensive manner. The Initiative provides an innovative methodology enabling countries to measure their current biodiversity expenditures, assess their financial needs in the medium term, and identify the most suitable finance solutions to bridge their national biodiversity finance gaps.


The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development  provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems. The Organisation provides a setting where governments can compare policy experiences, seek answers to common problems, identify good practices, and coordinate domestic and international policies.


The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation is a directorate under the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In matters regarding Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI), Norad reports to the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment. Their main purpose is to ensure that Norwegian development aid funds are spent in the best possible way, and to report on what works and what does not work.


The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system, and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.


The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency is a public agency in Sweden that is responsible for environmental issues. The Agency carries out assignments on behalf of the Swedish Government relating to the environment in Sweden, the EU and internationally.


The Global Alliance for National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) is the international association of national human rights institutions (NHRIs) from all parts of the globe. Established in 1993, the GANHRI promotes and strengthens NHRIs to be in accordance with the Paris Principles, and provides leadership in the promotion and protection of human rights.


Rare is an international conservation organization whose mission is to motivate people and communities to adopt behaviors that benefit people and nature, and then work with partners to bring these solutions to scale.


The Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council are independent human rights experts with mandates to report and advise on human rights from a thematic or country-specific perspective. The system of Special Procedures is a central element of the United Nations human rights machinery and the largest body of independent experts in the UN Human Rights system that covers all human rights: civil, cultural, economic, political, and social.

Rodale Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research and outreach. For over seventy years, the Institute has been researching the best practices of organic agriculture and sharing findings with farmers and scientists throughout the world, advocating for policies that support farmers, and educating consumers about how going organic is the healthiest option for people and the planet.

The Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) is a voluntary initiative supporting more than 75 nations committed to leveraging mining for sustainable development to ensure negative impacts are limited and financial benefits are shared. Members have access to a number of resources, including IGF’s Guidance for Governments, Mining Policy Framework and capacity-building and training opportunities.