Using spatial data for biodiversity

In this micro-course, you will learn about the value of remote sensing for monitoring biodiversity and ecosystem conservation, and will gain an introduction to freely available spatial data analysis tools to increase national use of maps that can guide decision-making in biodiversity conservation.

Estimated effort: 4 hours total for all course requirements
Course type: Micro-course
Languages: English


NASA’s Applied Remote Sensing Training Program (ARSET) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are pleased to offer a FREE micro-course “Using Spatial Data for Biodiversity.” This course draws from and builds on the webinar series “Using the UN Biodiversity Lab to Support National Conservation and Sustainable Development Goals,” which took place between 24 March and 7 April 2020. 

Global biodiversity-based uses of remote sensing are crucial for conservation action plans. Featuring the UN Biodiversity Lab, NASA-supported projects, and country case studies, this micro-course is designed to guide policymakers, technical experts, and other stakeholders to advance their use of spatial data and achieve their commitments to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 Agenda).

Learning objectives

By the time this micro-course is completed, you will be able to:

  • Identify key global agreements on biodiversity and sustainable development 
  • Describe the value of spatial data for monitoring biodiversity conservation
  • Explain how to overcome some of the common obstacles to using spatial data at the national level
  • Use UN Biodiversity Lab to visualize spatial data, run analyses, and create maps in your region of interest
  • Utilize case study examples from multiple countries as context for your work

Course topics

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to Spatial Data and Policies for Biodiversity
  • Lesson 2: UN Biodiversity Lab: Introduction and Training
  • Lesson 3: How Countries are Using Spatial Data to Support Nature Conservation

Course completion requirements

To receive the certificate of course completion, participants must:

  • Complete three online lessons
  • Pass three quizzes
  • Complete the course survey

Certificates of completion

In order for our site to issue the certificate, all the activities must be marked with green checkmarks. Once each activity in your course room contains a green checkmark, the certificate will be automatically generated and will become available for download in PDF format directly from this page.

Certificates of completion only indicate the completion of the training. They do not imply proficiency on the subject matter, nor should they be seen as a professional certification. 

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Course Includes

  • 4 Modules
  • 6 Activities
  • 3 Quizzes
  • Course Certificate
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Thanks for the course! he gave me many informations, ideas and example about using spatial data for biodiversity .

Dionee García

How could I share my certificate on Linkedin?

Rachael Phillips

Hi @Dionee García , you could add the course to the Education section, we won’t appear in the list of ‘Schools’, but you will still be able to save it to your list to be visible on your profile.

Katerine Acevedo Serrano

How can I get my certificate?

I finished the courses five days ago and they are not yet available

Rachael Phillips

Hi @Katerine Acevedo Serrano , thank you for bringing this to our attention. We are looking into this and will let you know when the issue is resolved.

Phyo Thuzar Win

Mapping and using the UNbiodiversity Lab is much difficult than I thought.

Simon Pierre Merlin GWET

Thanks for the course! It will be very useful in my work.

Johnny Omar

thanks for the course. I didnt know the UNBiodiversity program and its very usefull for my work. regards!

Last edited 6 months ago by Johnny Omar
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Juan Eduardo Morales Godinez

Thankful to Learning for nature for this type of course, which helps us in the application of new tools for the application of policies for the care of our planet. Thank´s

Jennifer Bocanegra Díaz

Thank you very much for developing this kind of courses which are very useful for students and proessionals

Viktoriia Brezheniuk

We’re thrilled to hear that you’ve found the course useful, Jennifer. Thank you for your feedback!

Gustavo Alexis Godinez Aguirre


I´ve completed the course “using Spatial Data for Biodiversity” but the certificate has not shown , what could I do?

I am looking forward to your response

Julie Kapuvari

Hello Gustavo,
If you have completed all the course requirements, you should see 4 green checkmarks, one next to each activity of the course. Then, you should also see a large blue button “DOWNLOAD YOUR CERTIFICATE” above the activity list. Please let me know if this works for you!