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The NBSAP Forum provides free, web-based learning opportunities that build your professional capacity to develop and implement NBSAPs. We offer over 30 free, self-paced online courses on the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and elements of the NBSAP and 6NR revision and implementation processes. At the end of each course, you will receive a certificate of completion. You can take our courses when and where you like with minimum disruptions in your busy working schedule. Enrolling in our e-learning courses is simple. Simply click on the course you are interested and taking. The Forum will take you to a Partner website where our modules are hosted. You can create your profile at no cost, and get started today. We look forward to learning with you!

 This course reviews and discusses the problem of desertification: what it is, its causes, manifestations, effects and scope. It proceeds to provide an overview of international law that has been developed to address desertification and the attendant ecological and socioeconomic problems, primarily by examining the scope of the 1994 United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in Countries experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, particularly in Africa (UNCCD). It will take you 1 hour approximately to complete the course, excluding additional materials. 

Note on Partners: The InforMEA Initiative brings together Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEA) to develop harmonized and interoperable information systems for the benefit of Parties and the environment community at large. It is facilitated by UN Environment and financially supported by the European Union. This course was developed in partnership with the Secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)

This course provides an overview of the international legal framework in the fight against ozone depletion. First, it describes the threats posed to the ozone layer by the use of ozone-depleting substances and analyzes the main obligations under the Vienna Convention and the Montreal Protocol. A brief analysis of main achievements and challenges illustrates the success in reducing the Ozone layer and the need to continue working globally to find substitutes with low global warming potential to ozonedepleting substances. It will take you 1 hour approximately to complete the course, excluding additional materials. 

Note on Partners: The InforMEA Initiative brings together Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEA) to develop harmonized and interoperable information systems for the benefit of Parties and the environment community at large. It is facilitated by UN Environment and financially supported by the European Union. This course was developed in partnership with the UNEP Ozone Secretariat.

“Air pollution” describes the presence of substances that are artificially introduced into the air. Air pollution stems from gases, which in excess are harmful to human health, buildings, ecosystems and the environment in general. This course primarily focuses on the problem of long- range transboundary air pollution, mainly in Europe and haze pollution focused on Southeast Asia. It will take you 1 hour approximately to complete the course, excluding additional materials. At the end of the course, you will be able to explain the consequences of transboundary air pollution, and describe key provisions of the Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution, its protcols and the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution

Note on Partners: The InforMEA Initiative brings together Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEA) to develop harmonized and interoperable information systems for the benefit of Parties and the environment community at large. It is facilitated by UN Environment and financially supported by the European Union. This course was developed in partnership with the United Nations on the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

The Climate Change International Legal Regime course covers the causes and effect of Climate Change; describes the mechanisms established by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and explains the key provisions and commitments established by the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement. It presents the legally binding framework in the fight against climate change. It addresses the mitigation of emissions of greenhouse gases and the adaptation to climate change. The course is designed in a way that gives you flexibility to plan your learning process. The interactive lessons , quizzes can be accessed throughout the course. The lessons are all open from the begining of the course for you. You need about 3 hours to complete the course. Assessment’s scores can be consulted throughout the course. 

Note on Partners: The InforMEA Initiative brings together Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEA) to develop harmonized and interoperable information systems for the benefit of Parties and the environment community at large. It is facilitated by UN Environment and financially supported by the European Union. This course was developed in partnership with the Secretariat of the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the United Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). 

Land-based sources account for the 82% of the total marine pollution. Pollution from vessels can take the forms of oil, chemicals, lost cargo and equipment, sewage, garbage, fumes and invasive exotic species. Dumping is the deliberate disposal of wastes at sea. Offshore activity generates minor pollution primarily through the use of oily drilling muds and by production blow outs. This course introduces you to the international legal framework on marine pollution, which covers global and regional legally binding and non-legally binding agreements addressing different sources of pollution. It will take you 2 hours approximately to complete the course, excluding additional materials. 

Note on Partners: The InforMEA Initiative brings together Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEA) to develop harmonized and interoperable information systems for the benefit of Parties and the environment community at large. It is facilitated by UN Environment and financially supported by the European Union. 

Marine and coastal areas support a diverse spectrum of marine life and for many people throughout the world, the marine environment is not only a vital source of protein, but the activities which it sustains, such as fisheries, transport and tourism, also provides them with an income. All of these activities have an impact on the marine environment and possibly on biodiversity. All of these activities have an impact on the marine environment and possibly on biodiversity. This course introduces you to the international legal framework on marine biodiversity, which covers global and regional legally binding and non-legally binding agreements. It will take you 3 hours approximately to complete the course, excluding additional materials.

Note on Partners: The InforMEA Initiative brings together Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEA) to develop harmonized and interoperable information systems for the benefit of Parties and the environment community at large. It is facilitated by UN Environment and financially supported by the European Union. 

The emergence of environmental protection obligations and of the principle of sustainable development, as well as the increased awareness that water resources have to be managed in a holistic approach, have highlighted the need to integrate existing water regulation regimes with rules and principles concerning the environmental aspects of freshwater resources, and to regulate the quantitative and qualitative aspects in an integrated manner. This course introduces you to the international legal framework on freshwater resources, which covers global and regional agreements. It will take you 90 minutes approximately to complete the course, excluding additional materials.

Note on Partners: The InforMEA Initiative brings together Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEA) to develop harmonized and interoperable information systems for the benefit of Parties and the environment community at large. It is facilitated by UN Environment and financially supported by the European Union. 

Persistent organic pollutants (“POPs”) are organic chemical substances that remain intact for exceptionally long periods of time, become widely distributed throughout the environment, accumulate in the fatty tissue of living organisms, and are toxic to both humans and wildlife. This course introduces you to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, which seeks to protect human health and the environment from persistent organic pollutants. The e-course is comprised of three lessons. It will take you 1 hour approximately to complete the course, excluding additional materials. 

Note on Partners: The InforMEA Initiative brings together Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEA) to develop harmonized and interoperable information systems for the benefit of Parties and the environment community at large. It is facilitated by UN Environment and financially supported by the European Union. This course was developed in partnership with the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.