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Start date: 19 September 2022
End date: 20 November 2022
Course type: Massive Open Online Course
Languages: English, French, Spanish
Estimated effort: 3-5 hours per week
Duration: 8 weeks (Part 1 and Part 2)
Partners: United Nations Development Programme, Convention on Biological Diversity, Korea Forest Service, The European Union, UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration
Contributors: Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and World Agroforestry (ICRAF), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, International Union for Conservation of Nature, IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management, Society for Ecological Restoration, United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre, University of Montana, BSC Group, Technische Universität München, Peatland Ecology Research Group, Université Laval, L’Institut Méditerranéen de la Biodiversité et d’Écologie marine et continentale, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)
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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 and restoration commitments and initiatives, like the post-2020 global biodiversity framework and the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. The post-2020 global biodiversity framework will be adopted at the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention (COP 15) in Kunming, China and will lead the way to achieving the CBD 2050 Vision of “Living in Harmony with Nature.”
Ecosystem restoration is essential to achieve the 2050 Vision and reverse the trend of biodiversity decline. Are you interested in joining this global movement to restore our natural world? Do you want to become more skilled at preventing, halting, and reversing the degradation of ecosystems? Are you looking to create a step-by-step action plan for ecosystem restoration in your country?
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) are offering a FREE two-part Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Ecosystem Restoration. This course is available thanks to the generous support of the European Union and the Korea Forest Service of the Government of the Republic of Korea through the Forest Ecosystem Restoration Initiative (FERI). This course compiles research from leading institutions engaged in ecosystem restoration and experts in the field to raise awareness and build ecosystem restoration capacity.
This course has been pre-approved by the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) for credits towards the “Ecological Restoration” category of SER’s Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (CERP) program education requirements. Participants who complete Part 1 and Part 2 of this course will be guaranteed to meet 3 of the 6 credits required in the “Ecological Restoration” category. Learn more about the CERP program at https://ser.org/CERPApplications.
About the course
The course serves as an introduction to the Short-Term Action Plan on Ecosystem Restoration (STAPER) — a flexible framework adopted by the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity to support, inter alia, governments in the development and implementation of their national restoration strategies. The course is geared to government representatives interested in creating a blueprint for ecosystem restoration at the national or subnational level, but is open to everyone. The course is available in English, French, and Spanish, and is facilitated by ecosystem restoration experts.
Course highlights and outcomes
- Join a community-of-practice committed to preventing, halting, and reversing the trend of ecosystem degradation
- Explore rich learning materials, diving into detailed content based on your needs
- Learn how to select the most appropriate interventions for your context from a range of restorative practices
- Receive certificates of completion from the course partners for completing Part 1 and Part 2 of the course
By the time you complete Part 1 of this course, you will be able to:
- Define ecosystem restoration and explain its importance
- Outline the types of ecosystems and ecosystem services
- Explain approaches to and principles of restoration
- Place restoration in the context of large-scale initiatives and agreements
By the time you complete Part 2 of this course, you will be able to:
- Understand how stakeholder participation and inclusive and gender-responsive planning are critical to your restoration project
- Understand the steps and activities involved in developing a plan for ecosystem restoration
- Tailor your restoration plan based on real-world examples
- Conceptualize the application of the Short-Term Action Plan on Ecosystem Restoration in your context
Part 1: Introduction to ecosystem restoration (19 September — 9 October 2022)
- Week 1: Introduction to ecosystem restoration
- Week 2: Assessment of opportunities and priorities for restoration
- Week 3: Legal, policy and governance aspects
Part 2: Applying ecosystem restoration interventions (17 October — 20 November 2022)
- Week 1: Strategic planning processes
- Week 2: Cost-benefit analysis, accounting processes and resource mobilization
- Week 3: Selection and implementation of restoration interventions
- Week 4: Monitoring and evaluation
- Week 5: Capacity building and development
Course completion certificate
This course offers two certificates of completion from the course partners: one for Part 1 and one for Part 2. You may choose to complete only one part of the course and download the certificate for that part.
To receive a certificate of completion for Part 1, you must:
- Complete all online lessons in Part 1
- Pass three weekly quizzes
- Complete the course survey for Part 1
To receive a certificate of completion for Part 2, you must:
- Complete all online lessons in Part 2
- Pass five weekly quizzes
- Complete the course survey for Part 2