Peace park development and management

Are you interested in exploring the intersection between biodiversity conservation and community peacebuilding? Would you like to know how to establish a Peace Park using innovative methods based on the most contemporary research and projects actually taking place on the ground? Do you want to become more skilled at tackling the challenges of Peace Park management? This course will offer a comprehensive guide on Peace Park establishment, and will teach participants to make a strong case for Peace Park development; effectively plan, establish and manage Peace Parks; and address the challenges associated with the creation and management of these transboundary protected areas.

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 Languages: English | French | Spanish | Russian | Arabic
 Estimated effort: 9 hours/all course requirements

Peace Park Development and Management focuses on building the the skills needed to make a strong case for Peace Park establishment, providing you with the guidelines to effectively plan, manage and monitor a Peace Park. You will learn ways to address the challenges associated with the creation and management of a Peace Park and explore solutions that work through insights from projects currently taking place on the ground.

This course is aimed at Peace Park development practitioners and environmental peacebuilding enthusiasts but is open to everyone. The course is hosted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, its Peace and Biodiversity Dialogue Initiative, the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) and the NBSAP Forum. Financial support is provided by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Peace and Biodiversity Dialogue Initiative funded by the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Korea.

Course outcomes:

  • Gain skills to address on-the-ground realities of Peace Park development and management
  • Dive into rich learning materials
  • Receive a certificate of completion from premier development institutions

The course covers the following topics:

  • Introduction to Peace Parks
  • Developing and Managing Peace Parks
  • Challenges and Lessons Learned

Learning objectives:

    By the time the course is completed, you will be able to:

  • Make a strong case for Peace Park establishment
  • Identify the key planning stages for establishing a Peace Park
  • Develop an effective Peace Park management plan given your particular context
  • Address the challenges associated with the creation and management of Peace Parks

Course completion requirements:

To receive the certificate of course completion, participants must:

  • Complete five online lessons
  • Complete five weekly quizzes
  • Listen to all the course lectures
  • Complete the final test
  • Fill out the course survey

The course room also contains optional components, such as video lectures, webinar recordings, and discussion forums. In order for our site to issue the certificate, all the activities must be marked with green checkmarks, including the optional ones. For the checkmarks to appear next to the optional components, you must open each tab. Once each activity in your course room contains a green checkmark, the certificate will be automatically generated and will be available for download in PDF format directly from the course room.

Click Enroll to register today. If you have any questions, please contact us [email protected].

The content of this self-paced e-learning module was used during the Massive Open Online Course “Peace Park Development and Management”, which took place on 4-22 February 2019.

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  • 5 Modules
  • 12 Activities
  • 3 Quizzes
  • Course Certificate
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Batkhuu Ganbaatar

Pursuant to Mongolia has stated internationally to conserve up to 30 percent of its territory specifically in supporting its biodiversity conservation, today there are 102 state protected areas established with 28 million ha area equal to 14.86% of total territory. One of them is Hustai National Park. Implementing the Przewalski’s horse reintroduction program was the fundamental reason for establishing Hustai National Park. The State Great Khural (the legislative parliament of Mongolia) declared Hustai National Park a nature reserve (resolution 83) in 1993. Initially established for the first reintroduction of the Przewalski’s Horse the park covers more than 50,000 hectares. After the scientific programs being run out of the reserve since 1992 achieved measureable success and provided valuable conservation outputs Hustai was upgraded to a National Park in 1998 (resolution 115).

Myat Min Oo

Highly knowledgeable recommended in Peace park development and management training.

Mwansa Bwanga

Hi, just joined the group.

Chhunleng HUOT

Priceless and useful course!

Wilfredo Beralde

Thank you very much “Learning for Nature and UNDP. Rest assured that my learning acquired will not only be treasured but will be shared in both public and private engagements.


Very useful course. Highly recommended.

Rama Kant Prasad Gupta

I have successfully completed the course and survey. How do I access my certificate of completion?

Julie Kapuvari

Dear @Rama Kant Prasad Gupta
Please click the blue “Download your certificate” button above. See image here for assistance:


It was a fantastic deliverly by Dr .Clara and Dr.larry.


Supposing you identify a conflict between communities at National level.Example.A water catchment area.Is it ideal for a peace park?


Hello .What is the format of the quizzes? Multiple choice orwritten?

Julie Kapuvari

Dear Nahason,
Thank you for your interest in the course! The quizzes are multiple choice.

Course Experts



Senior Technical Advisor

Jamison Ervin is manager of the Global Programme  on Nature for Development. She has worked with UNDP since 2008. Previously she worked with The Nature Conservancy, World Wide Fund for Nature, and the Forest Stewardship Council. She holds a Ph.D. in natural resources from the University of Vermont, a master’s degree in international administration from the School for  International Training, and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Bates College.


Senior Technical Advisor

Sarat Babu Gidda is the Head of Biodiversity Science, Policy and Governance Unit and Senior Programme Management Officer at the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity. He is an ecologist with over 25 years of experience in natural resource management and in situ conservation. He served the Ministry of Environment of the Government of India, participated in the formulation of India’s National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan, as well as the development and implementation of India’s biodiversity legislation and biosafety regulations. He holds Masters and PhD degrees in Ecology, and another Masters in Rural Resources and Environment Policy from the University of London.


Project Manager

Annie is an experienced environmental professional working at the intersection of research, policy, and practice to facilitate delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals. Annie coordinates the production of a wide range of capacity building tools across subjects including biodiversity conservation, environmental management, local sustainable development, resilience, and sustainable consumption and production. She is responsible for liaising with a diverse team of subject matter experts, partners and clients. She holds a double B.A. in Biology & Local and Global Social Change from Macalester College and an M. Phil in Ethnobotany from the CUNY Graduate Center and The New York Botanical Garden.


Author of MOOC lessons

Born in Chile, Marcela is a writer, translator and trainer, with over 15 years of experience. She holds a Bachelor of Journalism from Universidad Andrés Bello, Chile, and a Master of Tourism, with a major in Ecotourism, from James Cook University, Australia. Since 2015, she has been a Mentor for the MOOCs on “Greening the Economy” and “Sustainable Cities” offered by Lund University through In 2012, she taught a “Sustainable Enterprise” course, which she designed, at the School of Commercial Engineering of the Universidad de Talca, in Chile. Prior to that, she was Marketing Specialist for The Nature Conservancy.



Eva is a policy advisor with UNDP’s Global Programme on Nature for Development specialised in natural resource management and environmental governance. Eva works with indigenous peoples and local communities, private sector and governments to promote and advance best practices for biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation and sustainable development. She has a Master’s degree in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard University and an MPA from the American University of Paris.



Marc is an environmental professional specialised in biodiversity and environmental policy. Marc has an interdisciplinary academic background, with a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Global Affairs from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Manchester. He is responsible for the day to day activities of the Peace and Biodiversity Dialogue Initiative at the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, exploring and promoting the use and establishment of protected areas for conflict prevention, mitigation, and resolution.


Programme Assistant

Jenna is a Programme Assistant to the Global Programme on Nature for Development team. She is a graduate of SUNY Geneseo with a degree in Anthropology, and is currently a Master’s student in Sustainable International Development at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. She supports the creation and promotion of educational materials for the e-learning team.



English Facilitator

Viktoriia is an international development professional experienced in community mobilization for sustainable development. Viktoriia combines her graduate-level academic training in comparative and international education and international political economy and development with professional experience in the NGO sphere, private sector and Permanent Mission of a UN member-state, to facilitate partnerships between various stakeholders for the advancement of social, political and environmental components of sustainable development. See Viktoriia’s welcome video.


Russian Facilitator

Alexander is an individual consultant on peace and biodiversity issues at the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD). He serves as a focal point for this course under the SCBD’s Peace and Biodiversity Dialogue Initiative. He has taught Sustainability Management at Ryerson University in Canada and Environmental Journalism at the National Taras Shevchenko University in Ukraine. He was a visiting scholar at the Environmental Journalism Program at the University of California, Berkeley. Alexander wrote his Ph.D. thesis and conducted research to show that communication can be an effective tool of environmental policy. He is a Certified Sustainability Professional (ISSP-CSP). See Alex’s welcome video.


Spanish Facilitator

Daniel is a web specialist responsible for responding to the web requirements of the Global Programme on Nature for Development. He develops Information Management Systems by defining and assessing the team’s needs, always implementing best practices to assure the highest IT standards. Daniel has been working with UNDP since 2010, and his experience, both in country offices and HQ, makes him better understand how to use information and communication technologies to create innovative solutions that help accelerate sustainable development. See Daniel’s welcome video.


French Facilitator

Marion is a Technical Specialist working on the Sixth National Reports to Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) project. For the past two years, she has been providing guidance to Parties on the implementation of their national biodiversity strategies and actions plans. Marion also supports the development of the UN Biodiversity Lab, a spatial data platform, and emphasizes the importance of using spatial data to improve the implementation of conservation plans at the national level. Marion is an expert on the linkages between gender mainstreaming and biodiversity conservation, a topic on which she co-wrote an online course. See Marion’s welcome video.


Arabic Facilitator

Mohamed is the former Undersecretary for Protected Areas Sector of Egypt, Nature Conservation Sector in the Ministry of Environment. He has more than 19 years of experience related to protected area management and nature conservation both in the governmental sector and international bilateral/multi-aid projects (UNDP/GEF/UNESCO). He holds a PhD in Ecology and environmental management of wetland ecosystems, a Master’s degree in Plant/Fresh Water Ecology and a Diploma in management of water resources.  See Mohamed’s welcome video.


Director of International Programs at the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) and the founding President of the Environmental Peacebuilding Association (EnPAx). An authority on environmental governance, he has helped dozens of countries throughout Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe strengthen their environmental laws, institutions, and practices. His work focuses on environmental peacebuilding (especially after conflict), environmental governance, adaptation, and environmental emergencies. He has provided technical and legal assistance, built capacity, and conducted research across Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, and Eastern Europe, including many conflict-affected countries. He has edited more than ten books and authored more than 80 journal articles, book chapters, and reports.


Clara is an independent consultant, who has dedicated her professional life to the study for Transfrontier Conservation in Southern Africa as driver for sustainable socio-economic development and peacebuilding. She has been involved in regional processes for the establishment of networks and Community of Practices on TFCAs, Transboundary Water Management and One Health in TFCAs. In 2017, she compiled the Monitoring & Evaluation Framework for the SADC TFCAs Programme. She has lectured on the role of TFCAs for sustainable development and peace building both in Southern Africa and Europe. She is a member of the IUCN TBC Specialist Group.


Larry has had a 35 year association with Southern Africa, beginning with a 6 month visit to Lesotho in 1984. Between 1989-96 he was a Research Fellow, National University of Lesotho; Visiting Scholar, University of Swaziland; Post-Doctoral Fellow, Rhodes University; and Senior Research Fellow at ACDESS in Nigeria. From 1996-2007 he was a Lecturer in Politics and Associate Professor of Natural Resources Governance at the University of Botswana. During this time period, among other things, he served on the Steering Committee of the Okavango Delta Management Planning Process; was a member of the Government of Botswana’s coordinating body preparing for the Durban World Parks Congress; and President of the Ngamiland CBNRM Forum. Currently, he is a Professor in the Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo, Canada and Extraordinary Professor in the Institute for Water Studies at the University of the Western Cape. His most recent publications include Water in Southern Africa (UKZN Press, 2018).


Antony is the Senior Project Manager at Peace Parks Foundation. After years of working in engineering and commercial development in Africa, Alexander joined the Peace Parks Foundation in 2010. From 2010 and 2016, he was based in the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique as part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park (GLTP) where Peace Parks Foundation was the implementing agent for various donor funded programmes. As Project Manager, his key objective was to develop the Park through implementation of the various donor programmes, while also supporting the Park Warden in the management of the Park. Over the past two years he has been based in Maputo in the Mozambique Country Manager and Senior Project Manager portfolios primarily responsible for oversight of the development and co-management support of four conservation areas totalling around 2.2m hectares in two transfrontier landscapes.


Khaled has over 22 years of experience in management positions on a wide range of topics: biodiversity conservation, protected area management and planning, ecology, habitat restoration, world heritage site nomination and strategic planning. He represents Egypt as a focal point for the Programme of Work on Protected Areas under the Convention on Biological Diversity. He is a member of two commissions within the International Union for Conservation of Nature: the World Commission of Protected Areas (WCPA) and the Commission of Ecosystem Management (CEM). He currently serves as the Director of the Central Department of Biodiversity within the Egyptian Ministry of Environment. He received his PhD in Ecology in 2012.


Nina is a strategic adviser with Tribal Link Foundation, where she helps develop strategies to support indigenous communities’ lands, territories, resources, and rights. She spent over a decade at the United Nations Development Programme: with the Equator Initiative supporting indigenous and local communities’ efforts to protect biodiversity while reducing poverty and promoting best practices into policy fora, and with the UN-REDD Programme, ensuring that climate change mitigation mechanisms fully include indigenous peoples and civil society in governance and decision-making. She also co-founded an initiative to use frontier technologies such as drones and 3D mapping for the protection of indigenous and communities’ territories.



Alexander is an individual consultant on peace and biodiversity issues at the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD). He serves as a focal point for this course under the SCBD’s Peace and Biodiversity Dialogue Initiative. He has taught Sustainability Management at Ryerson University in Canada and Environmental Journalism at the National Taras Shevchenko University in Ukraine. He was a visiting scholar at the Environmental Journalism Program at the University of California, Berkeley. Alexander wrote his Ph.D. thesis and conducted research to show that communication can be an effective tool of environmental policy. He is a Certified Sustainability Professional (ISSP-CSP).

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