The NI4Biz training course was developed by WBCSD in collaboration with United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) with support from Wetlands International, ARCADIS and Shell. Targeting a business audience, this course aims to raise business awareness on the multiple benefits of natural infrastructure projects, leading to increased investments in nature-based solutions that are good for business, society and the environment.
The course consists of freely available training material with facilitator notes, to be used to deliver training sessions. It is designed as an interactive workshop, and includes group exercises and facilitated discussions. It also features a short animated video, designed as an elevator pitch to promote NI solutions. The material can be delivered during a full day training or in shorter training sessions, depending on the audience needs. It is divided into two modules:
- Module 1 presents the business case and business drivers for investing in NI, as well as complementarities and trade-offs between green and gray solutions.
- Module 2 introduces decision-making tools, a step-by-step approach to embed NI in a company, and a series of practical exercises for participants to experience the process of designing a NI solution.
The participants handbook provides material in support of the practical exercises as well as additional information useful to the learning process.
The feedback form is designed to collect participants’ feedback on the training delivery and content, to further improve the training material.
Any company or organization is welcome to use this material and adapt it to their own needs and specific audiences. The WBCSD will keep on improving the materials with additional information that we collect once we roll-out the training course and receive feedback from others. Please contact us to share yours!
While this training material is open-source, it remains WBCSD’s intellectual property. When using part or all of the material, users are kindly requested to reference the developers and disclaimer, using slides 100-101 included in Module 1.