New free open online course on landscape restoration

‘Landscape Restoration for Sustainable Development: a Business Approach’

We are very pleased to present to you the course: Landscape Restoration for Sustainable Development: a Business Approach.
This free online course is open to everyone and is the first offer of the so-called ENABLE consortium, an initiative from Commonland.

We feel encouraged that the enthusiasm for landscape restoration and management has grown dramatically recently, and that its fundamental importance for many publically debated topics such as climate change, water and food security, poverty and migration is increasingly acknowledged. However, in order to further build momentum and scale-up the restoration of degraded landscapes it is vital that the business and finance communities participate in current and future efforts.

Therefore, Commonland, together with the Rotterdam School of Management, Estoril Conferences, Spanish Research Council (CSIC) and UN University’s Land Restoration Training Programme and co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the EU, has taken the initiative to develop a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) specifically geared towards the nexus of landscapes and business.
The consortium, known as ENABLE – the European Network for the Advancement of Business and Landscape Education – aims to educate the next generation of business leaders with an ecosystem view, ready to include landscape-related issues in their decision-making processes, thus making businesses more sustainable and a force for good.

This MOOC lasts 7 weeks and will address topics like the Sustainable Development Goals, land degradation, business-driven landscape restoration, economics of land degradation, 4 returns approach, wicked problems, partnerships and sustainable business models.

The registration for the course is now open and we invite you to take a look, share it with friends and colleagues or even participate yourself! After all, even for the most seasoned experts, there is always something to learn.

Obviously, we are more than happy to receive your comments and feedback

Ready to enroll? Enroll here –

Course on Landscape governance

Organised by: Wageningen UR Centre for Development Innovation

Date: Mon 3 April 2017 until Fri 14 April 2017

Forested landscapes worldwide are increasingly integrated in global processes of trade, market development, resource exploitation and climate change. Site-based or community level approaches can no longer cope with these issues which exceed the local sphere of influence. Although landscapes are usually considered to be appropriate levels to negotiate land use options, they are rarely recognised as units of political- administrative decision making, hence do not have any formal place in decentralised structures of states.Innovative arrangements for public-private decision making at landscape level

Innovative arrangements for public-private decision-making at landscape level

At the same time, governance is no longer monopolised by governments, but has increasingly become a shared responsibility of civil society groups and private sector actors. Many of these actors are experimenting with their newly assigned roles as co-developers and implementers of landscape governance. We see new governance arrangements emerging everywhere, in the form of round tables, publicprivate partnerships, corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes, citizen’s initiatives and different forms of payment for environmental services. Professionals who are able to facilitate these complex multistakeholder processes are in high demand – are you ready to become one?

Landscape governance as multi-stakeholder dialogue.
This course challenges forest and nature management professionals to adopt an integrative perspective, to look beyond the forest, and build bridges between the public and the private sector. In this course we focus on the development of institutional development at landscape level including multistakeholder platforms and networks, and financial support mechanisms to guide landscape dynamics on the ground. This course is a co-production of CDI, CIFOR and ICRAF, all having vast experience in landscape and society related research.

Course objectives

Upon completion of the course you will:

  • critically examine landscape dynamics at various levels and scales;
  • understand the implications of up-scaling participation to working with diverse stakeholder groups at landscape level;
  • be able to identify the institutional change needed to enhance public-private collaboration and multi-stakeholder governance processes at landscape level;
  • be able to assess your own role as manager or practitioner, and develop your competencies as a facilitator of landscape governance processes.

Target audience

Participants should be experienced professionals with several years of working experience in the fields of natural resources management, forestry, agriculture, rural development, rural livelihoods, sustainable development or other relevant areas. Proficiency in English is required.

Be the forest leader our future needs! Join RECOFTC’s upcoming training events !

RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests is offering two upcoming opportunities for individuals who wish to more effectively address sustainable forest management. Join our upcoming training courses: Leadership Camp for Sustainable Forests and Empowering forest communities: A practical approach to gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Delivered through innovative and experiential learning approaches, participants will experience first-hand learning from local communities and forest champions. Participants can expect insightful, educational and fun sessions as well as hands-on experience in the field!

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DATE: 21-27 August 2016
LOCATION: RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests,
Bangkok, Thailand

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 31 July 2016, Register by 30 June 2016 for an early bird discount

In Asia and the Pacific, the forestry sector has shown much support for gender mainstreaming on the policy and institutional levels. However, on the ground, practical implementation is limited. Beyond ensuring that a percentage of women are present in forestry interventions, many forestry practitioners still lack knowledge and skills for more effective gender mainstreaming initiatives.

Participants in this training will experience first-hand gender mainstreaming interventions in sustainable forest management, including how to assess gender dynamics to evaluate an intervention’s impacts on gender equality and empowerment. Half of the training will be spent with Ban Tai Khao community in Thailand, where participants will have the opportunity to draw on-the-ground and direct lessons from interactions with local women and men leaders.

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DATE: 2-7 October 2016
LOCATION: Baan Hauy Hin Lad Nai, Karen Community, Chiang Rai, Thailand
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 15 August 2016, Register by 30 June 2016 for an early bird discount.

This leadership training aims to awaken and further enhance the leadership capacities that are already possessed by each individual. The training focuses on understanding the importance of leadership in today’s challenging context, and in identifying and strengthening leadership knowledge and skills needed to bring about positive social change.

To maximize the learning process, participants will engage and interact with the leadership mentors, community members and leaders, and women and youth groups. Participants will have a chance to observe and get involved in various daily activities of the local people in the camp area. It is designed with interesting learning pathways intertwined with local knowledge and practices.

International Course on Landscape Restoration

July 18 to July 30, 2016, Costa Rica

Register by June 10, 2016
COST: US$2000 includes tuition lodging and food expenses during the course.

It does not include international travel expenses
Registration related questions:

Participants will develop a comprehensive understanding of the concepts, challenges, and approaches for planning and implementating restoration initiatives. With emphasis on agricultural and forest landscapes in Latin America, the course will support the capacity building efforts of  Initiative 20×20 country members and partners.

The general objective of the course is to develop a comprehensive understanding of the major challenges, inherent concepts, management perspectives, and methodological approaches that are important for the planning and implementation of the restoration with emphasis on agricultural and forest landscapes in Latin America.

The target audience includes professionals in charge of planning landscape restoration with interest in scaling up knowledge and capacities at national and local level. We expect to receive middle to senior level officials from ministries and agencies in charge of landscape restoration activities, agricultural and forest sector professionals, and private sector and Non-government organizations professionals.


Advanced Field course in Ecology and Conservation – XTBG, China 2016

This program is an intensive course in field research methods, including research design, sampling and data analysis, intended primarily for early-stage graduate students in Ecology and Conservation. A typical day will include lectures, practical work in the field or laboratory, and opportunities for informal discussion. Participants will take part in established long term field monitoring experiments and gain experience in independent project design. With guidance, participants will develop and present research proposals and conduct field-based data collection. The statistical program R will be introduced and used for the data analysis throughout the course. The course concludes with a symposium, where participants present results of course activities amongst their peers and instructors. The course is based mainly at XTBG, with excursions organized to different field sites in the region. During the training course participants are encouraged to approach the XTBG professors to discuss their current research and future plans. For more details, see Modules and People.

Topics: Tropical Environments, Biodiversity Science, Conservation Biology, Soil Ecology, Plant-Animal Interactions, Invasive Biology, Climate Change Biology, Molecular Ecology,  G.I.S. and Spatial Modelling, Experimental Design and R Statistics, Presentation and Writing Skills, and more.

Venue: Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS),  in the Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province, China

Dates: 12 Oct – 23 Nov 2016 (6 weeks)

Organiser: Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Registration:  open until 31 July and 31 August 2016 for application out of China and in China respectively.

Course fee: RMB 8,000 (or 1350 USD , high-income countries/regions), RMB 2,500 (or 420 USD, other countries/regions) based on your salary country, which is not necessarily your home country. The course fee will cover course materials, lecture room renting, teaching allowance, local transport at the training sites etc.

If you have any questions about the course, please email to

Mr. Jingxin Liu or

Prof. Richard Corlett or

Associate Prof. Alice Hughe

Do not hesitate to download the AFEC-X 2016 Application form if you are interested.

Tropical Forest Restoration in Mosaic Landscapes of Southeast Asia

January 25 to March 6, 2016

This course will be offered at a full subsidy to selected participants, thanks to the generous support of the Arcadia Fund. The selection process in competitive and interested participants must apply before January 8, 2016.

This online course aims to provide an introduction to the concepts and techniques needed to develop and implement strategies for the restoration of forests and ecosystem services in multi-use landscapes of tropical Southeast Asia. The course is designed for practitioners and professionals looking to advance their knowledge about forest ecology and restoration through a series of presentations, discussions, readings, and case studies. Additionally, over the duration of the course, weekly assignments and the final term paper will guide the participants to develop preliminary restoration plans for managing a specific site of professional interest.

Target Audience: This course is intended for forest managers, environmental practitioners, extension officers, consultants, or other types of professionals from diverse institutions (government, NGO, private sector) involved in natural resource management or restoration in tropical Southeast Asia.

For more information please refer to:
ETLI – Yale Online Course Announcement