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Forest Landscape Restoration in the Tropics (English)


This course is being offered exclusively for World Bank personnel.

This online course is being offered in collaboration between ELTI, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and the World Bank. The course will provide an introduction to the concepts and techniques needed to develop and implement strategies for Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) in tropical regions. Participants will learn how FLR opportunities can be identified, analyzed and prioritized, using the Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology (ROAM), as well as discuss strategies to unlock finance and scale up FLR.

The course is being offered in English and is designed for a diverse audience, including forest management professionals, agricultural specialists, rural development experts, environmental policy-makers, mid-career environmental practitioners, extension officers, or other types of professionals from diverse institutions (government, NGO, donor agencies, private sector) involved in natural resource management, land-use decision-making, forest landscape restoration, and landscape restoration finance and investment.

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The material is divided into thematic modules, each one lasting a week, consisting of video lectures, interactive presentations on key theory, weekly exercises and discussion sessions. The materials also include diverse case studies on FLR from around the globe.

Thematic modules:

  • Week 1: Ecology, disturbance, and regeneration potential in tropical forest landscapes
  • Week 2: The Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology (ROAM)
  • Week 3: Sociopolitical and cultural aspects of Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR)
  • Week 4: Effective FLR practices and strategies
  • Week 5: FLR for production purposes
  • Week 6: Scaling up and monitoring FLR

Participants are free to complete their assignments according to their own schedules within that week. During the course, the participants will complete exercises that guide the development of a strategic plan and approach to FLR in their own region of work. Each participant will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course.

This course provides participants with a unique opportunity to connect with forest landscape restoration leaders and practitioners, interact with Yale faculty, and learn about an issue of immense importance for the restoration and sustainability of tropical forest landscapes and human well-being. Participants will meet once a week with Yale professors, IUCN staff and Members, World Bank staff, guest experts, and other course participants during live online discussions.