Monitoring forest and landscape restoration

Ecosystem restoration is a complex process, from identifying in-need landscapes to determining best practices for planting trees and promoting natural regeneration. To help restoration actors, funders and other partners plan, carry out and monitor successful projects, WRI and FAO have created AURORA, a web application named for Assessment, Understanding and...

Urban Rewilding: Restore your local ecosystem

Would you like to see your neighborhood become more liveable and sustainable? To alleviate city-specific challenges – from urban heat islands to mental health issues – we need to first change our minds. From wanting to control nature to leveraging its power, we need to allow nature to do what...

Danube Floodplain Online Course

Floodplains were through the history the lively part of landscapes, where different land management was synced with the repeating flooding. With the intensification of land use, the floodplains diminished, were drained, settled or even heavily polluting factories were built on them, supported by infrastructure to prevent overflooding. The risk of...

Ecosystem Restoration

The United Nations General Assembly declared 2021-2030 as the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. The UN Decade is a universal call for the protection and revival of ecosystems around the world, for the benefit of people and nature.  UN Member States have committed to building synergies between existing ecosystem conservation...

Introduction to Systems Thinking

Expand your understanding of systems thinking and take charge of your ability to leverage the outcomes in your systems and to make them sustainable and resilient. Making sustainability happen and turning conscience into action is an act of systems leadership. It requires not only habits that bring out the leadership in each...

Species Conservation in Protected Areas

Species - animal or plant - conservation is a major objective of protected area management. It is often included as a goal when planning activities, and is central when monitoring the obtained results and the impacts generated on the field. This MOOC’s goal is therefore to introduce the notion of...

Leadership, Sustainability & Ethics

This training programme seeks to enhance young people’s skills and knowledge to be ethical and effective sustainability leaders and implement Earth Charter-inspired projects, contributing towards a more sustainable and peaceful world. Participants of this programme will receive an Earth Charter International certificate as recognition of their successful completion of the...

Ecological Monitoring

Ecological monitoring is a key aspect of protected areas management. Completing the 4 units will set the foundation to understanding what ecological monitoring is, and how it works. EM is a key component of adaptive management within a protected area, it is based on the surveillance of the environment, and...

Protected areas valorisation

This MOOC is about the sustainable use or valorisation of natural resources in protected areas. The main goal of this course is to introduce some of the commonly-used ways to sustainably valorise protected areas (and their resources), thereby contributing to their long-term conservation. It will focus on two complementary approaches:...