Nature at the heart of decision-making

NATURE-INCORE

Promoted by Ecoacsa, Nature-Incore is a project that aims to train sustainability and environmental professionals and SME managers in the natural capital approach so that they can incorporate it into the company's daily decision-making process, through information and training on concepts, knowledge and tools

Duration

80 h

Target audience

Sustainability and environment professionals and SMEs managers

Scope

Madrid Autonomous Community and Catalonia

Duration

10 h

Target audience

Sustainability and envorironmental professionals, SMEs managers, academia, public administration, NGO, civil society

Scope

Madrid Autonomous Community and Catalonia

Online learning course on incorporating natural capital into company culture

DESCRIPTION

Especially after the unfortunate health crisis in which we are still embroiled, the evidence that the crisis of nature loss we face is also an economic and financial crisis – with short-term and large-scale effects – is clearer than ever.

 

This has led to a growing recognition of the need for the business sector, the main beneficiary of the resources and services provided by natural ecosystems, to be sufficiently aware of its relationship with nature and to contribute to its protection, maintenance and enhancement. To this end, it is crucial that companies better identify, measure, value and prioritise their impacts and dependencies on nature, i.e. that they integrate nature into their decision-making.

 

Carrying out this mission is not easy. It requires time, knowledge and specific resources (human and material) which, with the right theoretical and practical guidance, are feasible and achievable for any organisation. 

 

Depending on the training and capacity building needs of the recipients of this action, as well as the level of integration of the natural capital approach in the decision making of their organisations, this action offers different training itineraries adapted to beginner, advanced or ambassador profiles of natural capital.

 

More specifically, the training and capacity building modules defined include concrete and approachable steps for each profile to follow on the natural capital path according to their starting point. The objective of this action is to improve participants’ knowledge of the natural capital approach and ecosystem services, with a special emphasis on the importance of recognising the value of biodiversity.

TOPICS

Participants in this training action will have at their disposal materials aimed at:

DEEPENING INTO

their understanding of the natural capital approach and its application in business at all levels.

Identifying

different business motivations for adopting the natural capital approach and its potential applications.

GET TO KNOW

risks and opportunities related to natural capital.

ASSESSING

the extent of the application of natural capital approaches: value chain, supply chain, evaluation, measurement, assessment, valuation and communication of impacts and dependencies.

Recognizing

the natural assets and ecosystem services most relevant to their business.

Introduction

to "nature-positive" concept. Defining Science Based Targets for Nature.

Introduction

introduction to natural capital accounting at corporate or public scale (System of Environmental Economics Accounting Experimental Ecosystem Accounting (SEEA EA) and other frameworks.

Exploring

what tools exist and are most appropriate for each training profile and business reality and how to use them in organisations.

UPDATES

on regulatory frameworks in this area and global initiatives working to provide guidance to companies on how to incorporate natural capital considerations into their processes and how to improve their environmental performance and reporting. Examples include the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Science Based Targets Network and the Task Force for Nature-related Financial Disclosure (TNFD).

MEANS FOR ITS DEVELOPMENT

Online learning will be carried out through the use of appropriate IT and communication platforms and media, video tutorials, virtual classes, specific documentation in different formats (documents, presentations, infographics, etc.), self-assessment and quality questionnaires.

  • Number of hours: 80 h
  • Duration: January-March 2022
  • Target public: sustainability and environment professionals and SMEs manager
  • Scope: Madrid Autonomous Community

LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE

  • Number of hours: 80 h 
  • Duration: January-March 2022
  • Target audience: sustainability and environment professionals and SMEs managers 
  • Scope: Catalonia

LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE

Social innovation action in the face of the challenges of incorporating natural capital into business culture

DESCRIPTION

With the aim of responding to regional and national challenges related to biodiversity from the perspective of the natural capital approach, this training action will be carried out taking into account the results of actions FD-1 and FD-2, in which executives, middle management and staff from the sustainability and environmental areas of organisations were trained in the natural capital approach and the valuation of ecosystem services.

 

The objective of this training action is to dynamise strategies and plans that promote the necessary systemic change in companies through the application of the natural capital approach and the analysis of professional competences. To this end, people who have previously participated in the FD-1 and FD-2 training actions will be selected to help them become catalysts of the cultural change in their organisations that represents the commitment to the incorporation of natural capital in decision-making.

 

Experts in disciplines related to natural capital approaches from different fields (academia, administration, business sector, professional organisations, employers’ organisations, trade unions, NGOs and other civil society organisations, among others) will also be part of this action.

Means for its development

A space will be set up on the website of the Natural Capital Factory (Spanish hub of the Capitals Coalition), where different actors will be able to share their knowledge and experience and contribute to providing solutions to the major regional challenges related to the preservation and improvement of natural capital.

 

In addition, interviews, panel discussions and workshops will be organised through virtual platforms (Teams, Zoom…) to complete the advisory sessions in order to improve the competences in this field and the market situation of the selected individuals.

  • Number of hours: 10 h
  • Duration: February-March 2022
  • Targeted audience: sustainability and environmental professionals and business manager
  • Scope:  Madrid Autonomous Community

LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE

  • Number of hours: 10 h
  • Duration: February-March 2022
  • Target audience: sustainability and environmental professionals and business sector managers
  • Scope: Catalonia

LIMITED PLACES AVAILABE

With funding support from

This project is funded by the Fundación Biodiversidad of the Ministry for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (MITECO)), through the Empleaverde Program , an initiative for the promotion and improvement of employment, entrepreneurship and the environment. It is co-financed by the European Social Fund (ESF) in the framework of the Operational Programme for Employment, Training and Education 2014-2020. 

Free actions co-financed by the ESF to achieve training and quality employment

 

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