Topic outline

  • General

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    • Curtain Raiser

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      Why an United Nations Decade on Biodiversity?
    • Unit 1 - Introduction

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

      1. Describe what biological diversity is 
      2. Illustrate cases of biological diversity as a provider of goods and services and the consequences of biodiversity loss 
      3. State the origins, rationale and objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity
      4. Identify the guiding principles of the Convention on Biological Diversity

      It will take you 20 minutes to complete the unit, excluding additional reading materials and videos.

      Books: 2
    • Unit 2 - Measures for Conservation and Sustainable Use

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

      1. Identify the conservation and sustainable use measures included in the Convention on Biological Diversity

      It will take you take you 15 minutes approximately to complete the unit, excluding additional training materials and videos.

      Book: 1
    • Unit 3 - Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing

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

      1. Describe the importance of regulating the access to genetic resources and the sharing of the benefits arising from it utilization (ABS)
      2. List the main provisions of the CBD in relation to ABS
      3. Recall the Nagoya Protocol as the framework for the implementation of the third objective of the Convention

      It will take you 15 minutes approximately to complete the unit, excluding additional materials. 

      Book: 1
    • Quiz - Units 1 to 3

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      Test your knowledge!

    • Unit 4 - Access to and Transfer of Technology

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

      1. Define the obligations of all Parties in relation to access to and transfer of technology
      2. Identify the main issues addressed by the Convention regarding access to and transfer of technology

      It will take you 15 minutes approximately to complete the unit, excluding additional materials. 

      Book: 1
    • Unit 5 - The Role of Indigenous and Local Communities

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

      1. Outline the recognition and protection granted by the Convention to traditional knowledge and the role of indigenous peoples and and local communities in the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.
      2. Describe the milestones achieved by the Convention in relation to traditional knowledge, innovation and practices

      It will take you 15 minutes approximately to complete the unit, excluding additional materials. 

      Book: 1
    • Unit 6 - Mechanisms for Implementation

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

      1. Describe the mechanisms and instruments used by Parties to cooperate and implement the Convention.

      It will take you 15 minutes to complete the unit, excluding additional resources.

      Book: 1
    • Quiz - Units 4 to 6

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      Test your knowledge!

    • Unit 7 - Institutional Arrangements

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

      1. Discern the main bodies under the Convention and their functions

      It will take you 10 minutes to complete the unit, excluding additional materials.

      Book: 1
    • Unit 8 - Compliance, Liability and Dispute Settlement

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

      1. Recall the mechanism establish by the Convention to monitor compliance
      2. Summarize the dispute settlement procedure 
      3. Tell the status of the liability and redress regimen under the Convention

      It will take you 10 minutes to complete the Unit, excluding additional materials. 

      Book: 1
    • Quiz - Units 7 and 8

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      Test your knowledge!

    • CERTIFICATE

      After completing all the units and passing the quizzes with an 80% of correct responses, you will receive a certificate of completion. 

      Not available unless: You achieve a required score in Course total
    • Note that IUCN Academy of Environmental Law translated courses into Chinese and French, while the Legal Response Initiative prepared the Spanish and Russian translations. The English version would prevail in case of discrepancy.