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Explore how finance can support a nature-positive future.

IUCN Academy introduces its Professional Certificate on Finance for Nature, designed to provide professionals from all backgrounds and sectors, with research-informed and practice-infused skills required to navigate the broad spectrum of the finance-nature ecosystem.

Join this course to Identify how the Nature-Finance Nexus is relevant to your organisation, and develop a personal project (a policy, a product or a campaign) to kick start change towards a nature-positive future.

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ABOUT THIS COURSE

Biodiversity is an indispensable component of life-support systems, but its importance has been neglected to a point that, on some estimates, one million species are now threatened with extinction, raising the spectre of a 6th mass extinction. To curb this trend, efforts have been made to translate the importance of biodiversity and nature conservation in financial terms. One such estimate suggests that USD 44 trillion of economic activity generated each year is highly or moderately dependent on nature (WEF, Nature Risk Rising, 2020). That is more than 50% of global GDP.

It is therefore essential to redirect economic and financial systems towards a nature-positive future.

The IUCN Professional Certificate on Finance for Nature analyses four main aspects of the link between nature and finance.

  • Module 1: Nexus between conservation, biodiversity and finance
    Explore the concept of nature as a natural capital asset and its significance in the global economy.
  • Module 2: Governing the Nexus
    Dive into the governance frameworks and how nature-related financial risks are being identified and regulated.
  • Module 3: The data challenge
    Review a range of financial tools, the existing gaps and challenges.
  • Module 4: Instruments of change
    Assess nature conservation as a primary target for finance in public and private ventures and as a measure of performance.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND THIS COURSE?

  • Financial industry professionals
  • Conservation professionals
  • Government officials.
  • Private sector and environmental professionals
  • Professionals from intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations

WHY TAKE THIS PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE?

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?

At the end of this Professional Certificate, you will be able to:

  • Navigate a vast flow of financial information and identify relevant and reliable data and tools necessary for your sector or project needs.
  • Evaluate abstract and highly technical scientific knowledge from a range of sources and connect it to financial markets and transactions.
  • Identify a variety of financial instruments established and/or emerging in the area of finance in relation to nature
  • Understand the legal and regulatory framework within which finance and nature conservation operations unfold.
  • Develop a financial strategy for your organisation informed by the knowledge and practice acquired through the course.

COURSE DETAILS

🕒 Start date: 10th October 2023

🕒 Duration: 6 weeks

🕒 Weekly effort estimated: 3 to 5 Hours

📖 Course type: Self-paced E-learning with 12 hours of live online sessions with University of Cambridge Prof. Jorge E. Viñuales and guest speakers.

📖 Course includes: 4 modules, group work and individual projects

🗨 Languages: English

Registration: OPEN 

Award: Professional Certificate on successful completion

FEES:

  • Non-Profit Organisations:  1’450 CHF
  • For -Profit Organisations:   1’950 CHF

(Limited seats available)

FOR A SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION, PARTICIPANTS MUST:

  • Attend all live sessions
  • Complete individual and group projects

WHO IS LEADING THE COURSE?

This course is developed and facilitated by Dr Jorge E. Viñuales, a Harold Samuel Professor and Chair of Law and Environmental Policy at the University of Cambridge in UK.

Duration: 6 weeks

Category: Business and Biodiversity