Ecosystem Restoration

In this self-paced course you will learn to develop a step-by-step ecosystem restoration plan and apply effective restoration solutions in your national and subnational context.

 Course type: Self-paced module
 Languages: English
 Estimated effort: 3-5 hours per module 
 Duration: 5 modules

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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. 

Are you interested in joining the 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 self-paced course 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. 

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 United Nations 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 currently offered in English. Versions of the course in French and Spanish are forthcoming.

Course highlights and outcomes

  • Gain the skills needed to create a blueprint for ecosystem restoration
  • 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 a certificate of completion from the course partners

Learning objectives

By the time you complete the 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 
  • Understand how stakeholder participation and inclusive and gender-responsive planning are critical to your restoration project
  • Place restoration in the context of large-scale initiatives and agreements
  • 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 

Course topics

The course will cover the following topics: 

  • Module 1: Introduction to ecosystem restoration
  • Module 2: Assessment of opportunities for ecosystem restoration
  • Module 3: Improving the institutional enabling environment for restoration
  • Module 4: Planning and implementation of restoration activities
  • Module 5: Monitoring, evaluation, feedback, and disseminating results

Click “Enroll” to register for the course today. The course starts on 3 September 2021. All registered participants will be notified via email when the course becomes available. 

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact the course team at [email protected].

To mark the opening of registration for the course, UNDP and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) held a virtual event as part of the Official UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration Launch Programme. The event took place on Wold Environment Day, 5 June 2021. The event recording is available below:

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Hello everyone! Girish from Qatar. Really excited to join this course. Very keen to learn about the topic of Ecosystem restoration. Looking forward to it….

Kyi Thar

Hello everyone! I am Kyi Kyi Thar from Myanmar. I work as a Junior Researcher at Ayeyarwady Integrated River Basin Management Project. I am really excited to join this course and can’t wait to learn about ecosystem restoration, together with you all.

Marjorie Tolsdorf

Dear Kyi Kyi,

We are very excited to have you in our community! Thank you for registering for the Ecosystem Restoration MOOC – we are looking forward to hearing about your experience throughout the course.

Saotra Rasetasoa

Hello everyone , I’m SAOTRA, I’m from MADAGASCAR, I’m a student and I prepare my master about dry forest restoration in South of Madagascar , if you can help me , feel free to contact me , thank you


Hi! i’m BAPING Dieudonné from Chad. I have studing the Msc. of Climate Change and Sustainable Developpment At Centre Régional Agrhymet/CILSS at Niamey. Now, i’m doing a reserch on the” Vulnerability of the Transboundary Ecosystem in the context of Climate Chage”. I’m more interesting by this course. I wish the best for all!
Look here my Wattsapp contact (+235)66 17 76 94. Thanks!

Dionísio Domingos

Hi, I’m an economics student, researcher and active member of an environmental NGO “EcoAngola”, I signed up for this course to gain more knowledge to help my organization and community, I hope for the best and I wish everyone good luck!.

For a better planet and a sustainable society through the union of all☀️

Unnimaya S

Hello to everyone. I’m Unnimaya from Kerala, India. I’m very keen to learn about the topic. Looking forward to it.

Monica Konjengbam

Hi, all
I am Monica Konjengbam from Imphal, India. I am pursuing a master’s degree in Forestry at Forest Research Institute, Dehradun – India. I’m excited and looking forward to joining this course with you all :).

Mike H. N. Chong

Hi all, Mike Chong naturalist/ornithologist & conservationist from Malaysia. Looking forward to join and start the course on Ecosystem Restoration, to initiate and complement future and current conservation projects on our many threatened habitats and the related endangered biodiversity found in the habitats. Appreciate very much the course offered and look forward to enhancing my ecosystem restoration knowledge and following the course with all of you! Regards and stay safe all!

Jaleen West

Hi my name is Jaleen West from the twin island state of Trinidad and Tobago. I am an Education Officer at a conservation organization and look forward to being apart of and learning about this programme

Isis Chavez

Hello everyone
I am Isis Chávez from El Salvador. I have been working in environmental education and studies of the commons. I am glad to join this course and learn more about the topic, also to know more people and their experiencies. Thank you

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