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Certified Expert in Biodiversity Finance

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.

What Do We Offer?

  • 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 your classmates and tutors.
  • Personalized support from your e-Campus Team.
  • The possibility to achieve a Frankfurt School certificate after passing the final exam or a confirmation of course completion after completing the course.

Tuition Fees*

Regular Tuition Fee: EUR 1,050

Early Bird Fee: EUR 850  (by July 15)

  • 10% group discount (for 2 or more participants working for the same institution)
  • 10% for FS Alumni
  • For package discounts, please contact us
Payment Options
  • Bank Transfer (bank fees to be covered by participants)
  • Credit Card
  • PayPal

Payment in installments is not possible.

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Target Audience

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 course takes approx. 6 months assuming 3-4 hours of self-study per week. It consists of five mandatory units, which build upon each other.

You are not sure if you can manage to complete the course within 6 months? No worries! You can apply for a course extension (6 more months) for an administrative fee.


Course Start Course End Registration Early Bird
Sept. 1 Feb. 28 Jun. 1 - Sept. 1 by Jul. 15
Mar. 1 Aug. 31 Dec. 1 - Mar. 1 by Jan. 15


Registrations for the programme beginning on 1 September 2024 will open on 1 June 2024. Get notified by signing up for our newsletter.

Course Details*

In a world increasingly aware of the urgent need for environmental conservation, this course allows you to align with sustainability and thrive in the evolving financial landscape of environmental conservation. Biodiversity finance is the key to safeguarding our planet's future while ensuring the financial institution’s long-term success.

In the foundational module, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of biodiversity and the vital role it plays in our world. Discover how healthy ecosystems are the backbone of our economy, providing essential services that underpin financial stability. This course explores the intricate link between biodiversity loss and climate change, to identify, assess, and mitigate biodiversity-related risks in the financial sector’s operations and investments. Participants delve into biodiversity finance, demystifying terms like impact dependence and double materiality, and uncovering risk management strategies. Explore tools for assessing risks and evaluating impacts and opportunities.

The course also discusses the public and private sectors' roles and helps navigate the complex legal and regulatory landscape surrounding biodiversity finance.

Lastly, participants gain insights into real-world examples that have already started their journey to integrated biodiversity finance within a financial sector's strategy, processes and products. successfully.

CEBF Unit Structure

Interested participants can deepen their understanding of closely related topics in the three electives:

  • Forests are among the most biodiverse ecosystems on Earth, providing habitats for countless species. Deforestation-free finance helps protect this biodiversity by reducing the pressure on forests, and safeguarding the species that call them home. Deforestation-free finance is crucial for protecting biodiversity, mitigating climate change, supporting local communities, and ensuring the sustainable use of forest resources. It aligns with global sustainability goals and promotes responsible business practices across various industries.
  • Oceans are home to a vast array of marine species. Properly managed blue economy finance can help conserve biodiversity and protect endangered species by supporting them. The importance of blue economy finance lies in its potential to promote sustainable development and conservation of marine and coastal ecosystems while also driving economic growth.
  • The circular economy concept is essential for biodiversity conservation because it reduces resource consumption, waste generation, and environmental degradation. By promoting more sustainable and responsible resource management, the circular economy contributes to protecting and preserving ecosystems and the species that depend on them.

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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.

Training Approach

The flexibility of our courses offers you the opportunity to follow your own schedule and to combine daily work with professional development.

The high quality offered will immediately improve your daily job performance as well as the performance of your institution.

Training Material

Video Lectures

  • Introvideos: After viewing the lectures, participants will have a basic understanding of each topic and will be able to classify importance and relevance of different techniques and aspects in a broader context.
  • Web-based Presentations: Web based presentation complement the scripts and give additional input on important topics.

Online Tests

Each unit ends with an online test comprising a set of 10 - 15 multiple choice questions. Only after having successfully completed an online test you will gain access to the next unit.

Reading Material

A PDF script is for most of our courses the main studying material. This reading material provides basic concepts and principles applicable to the subject of each unit.


The key to successful learning is the immediate use of newly acquired knowledge and the transfer of theory into practice. Our online courses are therefore supplemented by mandatory assignments.

Discussion Forum

A course discussion forum enables the interaction between participants and trainers and facilitates the exchange of experiences as well as possibilities to ask questions or get clarifications.

Suggestions & Recommendations

This course gives you the flexibility to decide on the timing and pace of your learning experience. However, we will provide you with recommendations on how you can get as much value as possible from this course.

Your schedule: We will provide you with a course schedule including voluntary and mandatory deadlines. The course schedule serves as a guideline for your personal learning journey and will help you complete the programme within the available timeframe.

Exercises: Even though the exercises in the script are not mandatory we strongly advise that you use them as an opportunity to check your knowledge and to prepare for the final exam.

Networking Opportunities: Use the forum to introduce yourself to your peer participants and to start interesting discussions.

Final Exam

Passing a final examination is a requirement for obtaining your certificate.

  • Location: The final exam takes place online
  • Duration: The final exam takes 2 hours.
  • Costs: 
  • An additional final exam fee will be charged for the second and third final exam attempt.

If you do not wish to take the final exam, you will receive a confirmation of course participation after completing the course.

The FS-UNEP Centre

The content of this course was developed by the Frankfurt School - UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance ( 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.

Beyond your Certificate

Master of Leadership in Sustainable Finance

The Certified Expert in Climate Adaptation Finance is an Elective Module of the Master of Leadership in Sustainable Finance - online. Join our Master programme after completing the CECAF course and waive one elective module. Also, the amount you paid for the course will be deducted from the final tuition fee of the Master programme.

Frankfurt School Summer Academy

Expand your skills and knowledge in risk management with the Frankfurt School Summer Academy. This one-week, on-campus programme allows participants to choose from a selection of specialised technical tracks. 

Read more about our Sustainable Finance Track here.

Diploma in Green Finance

The Certified Expert in Climate Adaptation Finance Finance is part of the curriculum of our Diploma in Green Finance. Enroll in our Diploma after completing the CECAF course and waive one module. Also, the amount you paid for the course will be deducted from the final tuition fee of the Diploma.

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