Why join our course?

  • Audit the course for free & receive a UNEP certificate upon course completion (don’t worry if the edX registration page tells you otherwise). Verified users can pay to receive an additional edX certificate.
  • Choose to take the course in 7 languages: English, French, Chinese (Mandarin), Spanish, Arabic, Hindi, and Indonesian.
  • Meet & interact with environmental experts and practitioners
  • Access 6 hours of free learning materials, including case studies and exclusive interviews with world leaders
  • Join a growing community of practice on Nature-based Solutions and expand your professional network
  • Learn how to make a difference!

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Who is the course aimed at?

Nature offers many solutions to reduce the impacts of disasters and climate change, such as protecting forests on steep slopes, maintaining sand dunes along coastline and wetlands to buffer excess rainwater. In this course, find out how people around the world are building resilience to disasters and climate change impacts through Nature-based Solutions.

This course will help you understand how to apply these Nature-based Solutions that restore or protect natural or modified ecosystems and biodiversity and allow for their sustainable management. Nature-based Solutions for increasing disaster and climate resilience are relevant to everybody and each of us can take some actions – small or large in promoting them. With this in mind, the introductory module is designed to be accessible to everyone, whatever your level of experience or your background.

The course is open to everyone who would like to deepen their knowledge of the application of NbS and are targeted at specific groups, namely:

  • Practitioners: Risk reduction & climate change experts, environmental managers, NGOs, and local government.
  • Policy makers:Decision makers at international, national, and local levels.
  • Engineers & Urban planners: Including architects, geographers and urban designers.
  • Businesses: Including banking, insurance, and Corporate Social Responsibility managers.
  • Youth and educators: Parents, teachers, students

There are no prerequisites, just an interest to learn more about how you can make a difference!

Why is this course different?
  • 01

    The course provides content that is easy to follow, educational, interactive, and entertaining, in contrast to the typical lecture style structure of online courses.

  • 02

    Course instructors cover each topic in simple terms while providing real-life examples, animations, and even a few surprises!

  • 03

    For those of you who wish to dig in deeper: you will find six case study videos with examples, supplementary reading materials, website links, additional videos and resources!

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This course is being developed with support from the European Union.

Do you want to find out how nature can help in protecting people from disasters and solving the climate crisis?
Then this free online course is for you!

Learn what young people and teachers, policy makers, practitioners, businesses and engineers can do to get involved in our race against the climate emergency.

  • Launch Date:
    January 22, 2021
  • Cost:
    *FREE: The course is free. Audit the course & receive a UNEP certificate upon course completion. However, fees for obtaining an edX certificate may apply for verified users. Choose according to your preference.
  • Location:
    SDG Academy/ EdX platform
  • Course Length:
    Access 3-6 hours of self-paced content depending on your level of interest
  • Languages Offered:
    English, French, Chinese (Mandarin), Spanish, Arabic, Hindi, and Indonesian
  • Course Contents:
    Unit 1:
    Why is this topic relevant for me?
    Unit 2:
    What are Nature-based Solutions for disaster and climate resilience?
    Unit 3:
    Nature-based Solutions applied to pressing challenges: urbanization, coastal development, and drylands expansion
    Unit 4:
    Inclusive Action: The importance of youth, communities and indigenous people in Nature-based Solutions
    Unit 5:
    From policy to practice
    Unit 6:
    The business case for Nature-based Solutions
    Unit 7:
    Time for action!
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It all sounds great, where can I register?

In order to make it as widely accessible as possible, the course will be available free of charge on a number of different platforms, which will be announced shortly.

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