An Introduction to Nature, Business and Finance

This micro-course is an introduction to the foundations of nature, business and finance.   

You will learn about the economic and financial imperative of nature, what nature-related dependencies, impacts, risks and opportunities are, how these nature-related issues relate to climate-related issues and the broader landscape of corporate reporting on nature-related issues.

 Course type: Micro-course
 Languages: English
 Estimated effort: 1-2 hours per module
Duration: 3 modules
 Partners: United Nations Development Programme
 Contributors:  The Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD)


FAQs Syllabus Meet the experts

 

Nature is deteriorating globally and biodiversity is declining faster than at any time in human history. There is growing evidence that this poses risks for businesses, capital providers, financial systems and economies, and that these risks are increasing in severity and frequency.  Our society, economies and financial systems are embedded in nature, not external to it.  

However, despite the risks and opportunities, most companies and capital providers remain unprepared. Making nature-related reporting a reality is challenging, but feasible, building on work already done in response to climate-related risks. 

The TNFD recommendations and additional guidance, published in September 2023 enable business and finance to integrate nature into decision-making ultimately contribute to a shift in global financial flows toward nature-positive outcomes and the goals of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework. 

About the course

This course is an  introduction to the foundations of nature, business and finance. Including understanding nature-related dependencies, impacts, risks and opportunities, and an overview of key elements of the TNFD recommendations and additional guidance.  

The intended audience of this course are those new to understanding the economic and financial relevance of nature. In particular, it is aimed at both private and public sector economic and financial decision makers who would like to build their understanding of the topic. 

It is currently offered in English. Versions of the course in French and Spanish are forthcoming.

Course highlights and outcomes

By taking this course, you will:

  • Gain an understanding of nature-related dependencies, impacts, risks and opportunities. 
  • Gain an understanding of the TNFD recommendations and additional guidance
  • Gain an understanding of how the TNFD recommendations fit into a broader landscape of sustainability-related corporate reporting.
  • Receive a certificate of completion from the course partners.

Learning objectives

After you complete the course, you will understand:

  • The financial and economic relevance of nature. 
  • Nature-related dependencies, impacts, risks and opportunities.
  • The TNFD recommendations and additional guidance.
  • The broader landscape around sustainability-related corporate reporting
  • The climate-nature nexus.
  • The importance of integrated reporting on nature and climate.

Course topics

The course will cover the following topics:

  • Module 1: The economic and financial relevance of nature.
  • Module 2: Introduction to nature-related risks and opportunities.
  • Module 3: The bigger picture.

Course completion requirements

To receive the certificate of course completion, participants must complete:

  • All online lessons
  • All quizzes with a score of 60% or higher
  • The course survey

Once you complete the course requirements, the certificate of course completion will be generated automatically and will become available for download in PDF format directly from this page. To download the certificate, you will need to click the “Download my certificate” button right above the "Course content" section.

Registration

Click “Enroll” to register and gain access to course materials. If you have any questions, please contact the Learning for Nature team at info@learningfornature.org.

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Course Includes

  • 6 Modules
  • 5 Activities
  • 3 quizzes
  • Course Certificate

Frequently Asked Questions

Syllabus

Module 1Module 2Module 3

Module 1: The Economic and Financial Relevance of Nature

REQUIRED: Lesson 1

Lesson 1: The Economic and Financial Relevance of Nature
In this lesson, you will learn about nature and its components, the economic and financial relevance of nature and the ongoing nature crisis, and how nature, businesses, and financial institutions interact with each other.
REQUIRED: Quiz 1
This quiz checks your comprehension of the material covered in Lesson 1.


Module 2: The Economic and Financial Relevance of Nature

REQUIRED: Lesson 2

Lesson 2: The Economic and Financial Relevance of Nature
In this lesson you will learn about nature-related risks and opportunities, the TNFD and its work, and the relevant regulation being developed around nature-risk reporting.
REQUIRED: Quiz 2
This quiz checks your comprehension of the material covered in Lesson 2.


Module 3: The Bigger Picture

REQUIRED: Lesson 3

Lesson 3: The Bigger Picture
In this lesson, you will learn about how nature and climate fit together (‘the nature-climate nexus’), the Paris Agreement and how climate-related disclosure works, and the role human rights play in nature and climate disclosure.
REQUIRED: Quiz 3
This quiz checks your comprehension of the material covered in Lesson 3.
REQUIRED: Course survey
We ask that you complete a short (anonymous) survey about your learning experience.