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Restoration Boot Camp for Tropical Asian Forests


Learn adaptive strategies for tropical forest restoration with an emphasis on Asian forests. This online “boot camp” with a field week immerses participants in key theory and practical examples for planning and implementing restoration projects.

This course includes diverse contributions and opportunities to interact with global environmental leaders, ELTI facilitators, Yale faculty members and other ELTI partners.

This course is designed for a diverse audience, including management professionals, policymakers, mid-career practitioners and others involved with natural resource management, land-use decision-making, forest finance or landscape restoration.

April 22 to June 2, 2019: Intensive six-week online course
June 17 to June 22, 2019: Field week in Leyte, Philippines
Language: English
Cost: $2,250 USD

Apply by April 1, 2019. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all spots are filled. After that, there will be a waiting list.

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For a downloadable flyer with more information click here.


Field Week

The field week, held at Visayas State University (VSU) on the island of Leyte, the Philippines, teaches participants to design, implement and monitor forest rehabilitation through place-based and experiential learning.

Day 1: Introduction to the biodiversity of the Philippines and Rainforestation
Day 2: Phenological observation of indigenous tree species, nursery establishment and seedling production
Day 3: Site assessment, establishing a Rainforestation site and monitoring
Day 4: Refining restoration plans with lessons learned from the VSU experience

Cost and Course Features

The cost of the course is $2,250 USD. This includes registration, course materials, field week expenses (double accommodation, room and board for June 17-June 22, 2019) and a certificate of completion. The course fee does not include travel cost to and from your site of departure and Mactan-Cebu International Airport in Cebu City, Philippines.

ELTI courses provide a complete and enriching experience by allowing participants to:

  • Access ELTI’s resources and expertise: ELTI specializes in developing and delivering high-quality training experiences for environmental leaders in the tropics. Course participants are presented with key concepts through professionally developed materials designed by Yale University faculty, ELTI staff members and international partners.
  • Access international experts and experience: ELTI provides participants with diverse international perspectives, presented through case studies and on-the-ground examples from the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Costa Rica and Colombia.
  • Receive customized instruction and personal attention: ELTI's courses provide the opportunity for live discussions with guest experts, personalized feedback and relating homework assignments to the individual needs and interests of the participants. The field week provides in-person learning opportunities from land management experts.
  • Interact with a diverse community of participants: By participating in ELTI's courses, participants work in global teams, become part of a “community of learners” during and after the course and benefit from the diverse experiences of environmental practitioners worldwide.
  • Develop practical skills: The homework assignments during the course are designed to help participants develop practical skill sets that they can apply to their careers. The field week allows for experiential learning and complements the online material for deeper comprehension of the restoration principles taught.