Welcome to BES-Net’s Biodiversity Finance module.

This module aims at providing online learning and networking opportunities on issues in the interface between science, policy and practice related to Biodiversity Finance.

In this module, you can learn more about the organisations who are working in this field, share information and knowledge, connect and interact with experts from around the globe, and find possible solutions to your specific questions.

What is biodiversity finance?

Successful conservation of the earth’s biodiversity and ecosystems depends on a wide range of factors, requiring the implementation of significant finance. The lack of sufficient finance was noted as one of the fundamental reasons for individual countries and the world as whole falling short on the 2010 Biodiversity Targets set under the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD). In order to enhance funding for biodiversity, the Parties to the Convention adopted a Strategy for Resource Mobilization at COP-10 in 2010, stating the need to explore new and innovative funding mechanisms in order to achieve the new biodiversity goals, known as the 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets. To ensure that sufficient finance is available to reach these targets, Target 20 mandates countries to mobilize the finance required for implementing the plan by 2020.

UNDP, through its Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN) supports countries in reviewing their financial needs and opportunities in a comprehensive manner, looking at all possible sources – public and private, traditional and innovative, national and international. Today BIOFIN is helping 30 countries to work towards four types of results, moving beyond resource mobilization as a singular goal: (1) mobilizing new resources, (2) delivering better, (3) preventing future costs, and (4) realigning resources. To reach these goals, BIOFIN developed a catalogue covering over 100 finance solutions.

BIOFIN was launched in 2012 as a new global partnership seeking to address the biodiversity finance challenge in a comprehensive manner, by building a sound business case for increased investment in the management of ecosystems and biodiversity. BIOFIN seeks to define biodiversity finance needs and gaps with greater precision and to determine related challenges and opportunities for resource mobilization. The BIOFIN Workbook was created to guide countries in assessing their financial needs and defining how to mobilize the financial resources to fully implement their revised NBSAPs and thereby achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets at a national level.

UNDP’s Biodiversity Finance Initiative supports countries in their efforts towards reaching their Sustainable Development Goals, in particular objectives 1-6, 11, 14, 15, and 17, by more effectively integrating finance and economics into biodiversity management, planning, financing, and implementation.

This module offers discussions, lessons, and insights from case studies and other resources on the different financial solutions available, as well as opportunities and challenges for scaling-up finance for biodiversity. You will also find information on resource mobilization, and on the design and implementation of practical insights.


The module has been developed in collaboration with The Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN).



Organisations and Initiatives

The following organisations and initiatives are leaders in the field of Biodiversity Finance. They have provided content, experts, and more to BES-Net. To learn more about a particular organization and the work they are doing click below.

Search library

Search or browse through our library of existing resources on Biodiversity Finance. Entries include scientific articles, reports, policy briefs, webinars, videos, and more. To view a particular resource, click below.


These individuals are experts in the field of Biodiversity Finance. BES-Net experts come from a wide range of sectors, from community activists to research scientists. They are available to answer questions, respond to polls, and engage in conversation with BES-Net users on their area of expertise. To learn more about an expert and their work, or get in touch with them, click below.