Introductory Course to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

The Earth's biological resources are vital to humanity's economic and social development. As a result, there is a growing recognition that biological diversity is a global asset of tremendous value to present and future generations. At the same time, the threat to species and ecosystems has never been so great as it is today. Species extinction caused by human activities continues at an alarming rate.

This course introduces you to the Convention on Biological Diversity, which is the legally binding framework for the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components, and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the use of genetic resources.

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

  1. Explain the importance of biological diversity for humankind.
  2. Describe the core components and mechanisms established by the Convention. 

The course is comprised of 8 short units. Each unit includes a book with links to the InforMEA glossary and relevant documents and websites, additional materials and videos. Take the quizzes to test your knowledge after units 3, 6 and 8.

It will take you 2 and a half hours approximately to complete the course, excluding additional materials. You can manage your time as you wish; take a few units and retake the course whenever it is more convenient for you. After completing all the units and passing the quizzes with an 80% of correct responses, you will receive a certificate of completion.