Free online training programme ​

This global training programme has been designed to help the banking community understand how deforestation-risk commodities in their investment portfolios contribute to their overall risk exposure and how to mitigate this exposure through investment in Nature Based Solutions (NbS). It has been developed as a part of the Good Growth Partnership, by UNEP-FI in collaboration with UNEP-WCMC. The training course consists of four modules that will be delivered via online webinars.


Module 1 introduces the global deforestation issue within the broader sustainability agenda, and why it presents a risk to banks involved in the finance of agricultural commodity production and trade. Module 2 and Module 3 provide participants with more detail on how these deforestation-related risks can be identified, assessed and ultimately managed within a risk management framework, and presents some of the opportunities from supporting sustainable commodity production. Module 4 will focus on how Nature Based Solutions (NbS) can be used to mitigate land use risk.

Module 1: Introduction to deforestation and business case 

Learning objectives:

  • Understand global deforestation context and why ​it matters to banks​
  • Understand sustainability issues in commodity ​supply chains​
  • Describe the relationship between banks, agriculture commodities, and natural capital ​
  • Understand risks associated with financing agricultural commodity production and trade​

Duration: 1 x 2-hour online session, with interactive audience participation


Complementary Materials

Module 2: Deforestation Risk Identification and Assessment

Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding of relevant factors to consider when deciding the scope of the bank’s deforestation risk assessment (breadth, depth, and lenses)
  • Establishing the basis for deforestation risk identification at portfolio and transaction level from legal, reputation and financial lenses
  • Get an overview of key tools that can help identification and assessment of deforestation-related risks

Duration: 2 x 2-hour sessions, with interactive audience participation and short videos from guest speakers

Slides: Part A

Slides: Part B

Complementary Materials

Module 3: Managing financial risk and exploring opportunities

Learning Objectives:​

  • Understand mitigation actions that banks can take to reduce their deforestation-related risks. ​
  • Understand various opportunities and production innovation to support sustainable commodities production. ​

Duration: 2 x 1.5-hour sessions, with interactive audience participation

Slides: Part A 

Slides: Part B 

Complementary Materials

Module 4: Nature Based Solutions

Learning Objectives:​

  • Understand how NbS can be used to mitigate land use risk
  • Understand how NbS can be an investment opportunity for banks​

Duration: 1x 2-hour session, with interactive audience participation


Other details

Audience: This training is suitable for staff of global banks who are looking to advance their understanding of deforestation-related risks and the management of those by banks.  It might be of interest for bank officers who work within credit and loans, trade finance and project finance.


  • Module 1: Tue, 27/Sept, 14:00-16:00 BST
  • Module 2, session 1: Thurs, 29/Sept, 14:00-16:00 BST
  • Module 2, session 2: Tue, 04/Oct, 14:00-16:00 BST
  • Module 3, session 1: Tue, 11/Oct, 14:00-16:00 BST
  • Module 3, session 2: Thurs, 13/Oct, 14:00-16:00 BST
  • Nbs module: Tue, 18/Oct, 14:00-16:00 BST

Cost: The course will be free to attend

Certification: Attendance of at least four of the five sessions will be required to receive the course certificate.

Language: English

Free registration: Click here (registration is confirmed only after submission of the pre-course questionnaire)