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Certified Expert in Biodiversity Finance
  • Overview
  • Programme Format
  • Programme Structure
  • Participant Profile
  • The FS-UNEP Centre
  • Overview

    DATE

    Next Intake – 1 Sep 2024 to 28 Feb 2025

    There will be a 2-hour online final exam that will be held in March 2025

    TRAINING PLATFORM

    Frankfurt School e-Campus

    HRDC PROG NO
    10001377930
    Biodiversity underpins life on Earth. Healthy ecosystems provide ecosystem services essential to human well-being and economic activities. Scientists estimate that one million of the world’s estimated 8 million species of plants and animals are on the verge of extinction, and this could curtail our ability to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and limit global warming to 1.5 degrees.

    Why should financial institutions care? In today's world, financial institutions play a pivotal role in managing financial resources and contributing to the conservation of our planet's invaluable biodiversity. They impact biodiversity through their lending or investment decisions. At the same time, they are exposed to physical, reputational, systemic, and transitional risks due to biodiversity loss. Hence, the disruption of biodiversity poses significant yet often overlooked risks to financial stability. The financial sector is increasingly acknowledging the financial risks associated with biodiversity loss and the integral role it could play in preserving the delicate balance of life on Earth. According to UNEP, if the world is to achieve its climate change, biodiversity, and land degradation objectives, investments in nature must triple by 2030.

    Our Biodiversity Finance Course is designed to deepen your understanding of risks associated with biodiversity loss and empower you with the knowledge and tools needed to support the preservation of Earth's diverse ecosystems as financial actors.
    PROGRAMME FEES*

    Early Bird Fee

    MYR

    4,500/

    SGD

    1,300 /

    EUR

    850

    By 15 Jul 2024

    Regular Fee

    MYR

    5,500 /

    SGD

    1,600 /

    EUR

    1,050

    After 15 Jul 2024

    *Fee shown is per participant and subject to 8% Service Tax. An additional final exam fee will be charged by the Frankfurt School for the second and third final exam attempt.
    In line with the HRD Corp employer guideline (How to Apply for Grants), employers are required to apply for the grant at least one (1) day before training commences.

    In collaboration with and certificate awarded by:

  • Programme Format
    • An interactive e-learning course including video lectures, PDF scripts, practical exercises, online tests and case studies.
    • A discussion forum for course related issues as well as for exchange of opinions and experiences with tutors, peers or the FSDF e-Campus team.
    • Personalised support from the Frankfurt School e-Campus team.
    • The possibility to achieve an internationally recognised Frankfurt School certificate after passing the 2-hour online final exam or a confirmation of course completion after completing the course.
    • This online course can be complemented with a classroom component. It can be held at the Asian Banking School but only if there are sufficient numbers and with additional programme fees. This is voluntary and not a requirement to get certified by the Frankfurt School.
  • Programme Structure
    The programme takes approximately 6 months assuming 3-4 hours of self-study per week. It consists of 5 mandatory units, which build upon each other. There are 2 intakes per year – March and September.

    Unit 1: Setting the Scene – Introduction to Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
    In this unit, we introduce the participants to the complex world of biodiversity, providing a comprehensive overview of concepts, the science, and exploring the interplay and interdependence between biodiversity loss and climate change. The unit also provides regional and sectoral case examples of the importance of biodiversity to the overall society and business.

    UNIT 2 : Biodiversity Loss Threat to the Financial System – Risks, Impacts and Dependencies
    Within this module, we explore how the loss of biodiversity possesses the capacity to disrupt the financial system and the economy as a whole. It explains key terminologies and concepts of biodiversity finance and biodiversity loss as impact dependence and double materiality. This Unit delves into the intricate connections between biodiversity and financial stability, explaining double materiality and risk management strategies.

    UNIT 3 : Public and Private Sector – Initiatives and Available Frameworks
    The module is dedicated to biodiversity initiatives and frameworks. It is specifically designed to help participants develop a good understanding of the role of the public and private sectors in biodiversity finance. It introduces participants to initiatives currently under development at the regulatory level, such as taxonomies. This module also aims to cover platforms and tools available for assessing biodiversity-related risks and opportunities.

    UNIT 4 : Measuring, Reporting and Strategy
    In this module, participants will gain insights into the current tools, databases, initiatives, targets, metrics, and approaches that are used to evaluate biodiversity risks, and measure impacts, and interdependencies within a company's overall strategy.

    UNIT 5 : Opportunities and Innovation
    Having grasped the context of biodiversity finance, the risks associated, and current standards, tools, and frameworks, the fifth unit delves into the biodiversity finance landscape, exploring an array of financial opportunities, including projects related to biodiversity as nature-based solutions, climate-smart agriculture, and restoration. Lastly, the module further delves into the financial products, funds and forms of capital suited for investment in this realm.
  • Participant Profile
    Finance experts and professionals, including retail bankers, financial advisors, asset managers, risk managers etc., and all other financial industry professionals and practitioners in the financial sector interested in the topic of sustainable and biodiversity finance.
  • The FS-UNEP Centre
    The content of this course was developed by the Frankfurt School - UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance (http://fs-unep-centre.org/). The Centre is a strategic cooperation between Frankfurt School and the UN Environment programme. Its vision is to advance transformation to resilient low-carbon and resource-efficient economies by attracting new types of investors, in particular catalysing the financing of clean energy by the private sector. The Centre is UNEP’s major knowledge hub for climate & biodiversity finance related aspects.

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