Business and Biodiversity

Course description


While it might be common to picture “biodiversity” as something exotic, foreign, and with few connections to our daily lives, we all interact with biodiversity from the moment we wake up in the morning until we go to sleep at night. The coffee we drink, the food we eat, the shoes we wear, the pillows we sleep on at night; all are made possible thanks to our planet’s biodiversity.

It is the same for our businesses. No matter what industry we operate in, we are connected to biodiversity in an inextricable way through what are called “ecosystem services”: running water, clean air, fuel, to name but a few.

In this course, we will introduce the importance of biodiversity for businesses, and look at the ways in which enterprises both depend on and impact biodiversity, including in terms of ongoing biodiversity loss on Earth. In the second module, we will look at how to undertake a general assessment of what ecosystem services are most relevant for your business, as well as how to assess risks and opportunities likely to arise from ongoing changes in biodiversity in your area. All of this will enable you to translate your new understanding into a general “biodiversity strategy” for your business.

After having completed this course, participants will be able to:

Recognize what biodiversity is and the ways in which businesses both depend on and impact it;
Undertake a general assessment of those ecosystem services most relevant to your business;
Evaluate the risks and opportunities to your business arising from changes in biodiversity and ecosystem services; and
Translate your assessments and evaluations into a general biodiversity strategy for your business.


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Participants who meet the course requirements will receive a Certificate of Completion issued in electronic format.


Module 1
Introduction to Business and Biodiversity
Module 2
Developing an Initial General Biodiversity Strategy
Certificate of Achievement
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Course Language
English ‎(en)‎
Next start date
21, October 2024
Time required
4 hours over 2 weeks
Course fee
Free of charge
Course access
Open for enrolment
Tutor Information

Shaun Lake (Tutor)