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Strategies for Tropical Forest Restoration (Indonesian)


Indonesia is a megadiverse country known for its rich tropical forests. Unfortunately, these forests have declined significantly in quality and extent over the last 50 years due to alternative land uses including logging, small-scale agriculture, plantations, and mining. Many of these land uses have proven unsustainable resulting in tens of millions of hectares of degraded and unproductive lands. There are currently many initiatives to restore these lands underway, but local capacity to develop effective restoration projects remains limited.

This online course provides an introduction to the concepts and techniques needed to develop and implement strategies for the restoration of tropical forests and ecosystem services in multi-use landscapes. The course, which is being offered in Indonesian, is designed for practitioners and professionals looking to advance their knowledge about forest ecology and restoration through a series of presentations, discussions, readings, and case studies. Additionally, over the duration of the course, weekly assignments and the final term paper guide the participants to develop preliminary restoration plans for managing a specific site of professional interest.

For more details, please see the syllabus (in Indonesian).


The material is divided into thematic modules, each one lasting a week. The 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 management plan for a specific restoration site. It is ideal (although not required) that the participants have a site that is relevant to their personal or professional interests about which they can direct the concepts learned in each module. Upon completion of the course, each participant will receive a course certificate.

Thematic modules

Week 1: An Introduction to Deforestation, Restoration, and Ecosystem Services
Week 2: Disturbance and Regeneration in Tropical Forests
Week 3: Strategies to Catalyze Restoration in the Tropics
Week 4: Social and Political Aspects of Restoration
Week 5: Monitoring and Evaluation
Week 6: Development of a Restoration Management Plan

Educational tools

  • Interactive presentations that provide a synthesis of the core concepts of each week;
  • Pre-recorded guest lectures that simultaneously depict the video and audio of the guest speaker along with the PowerPoint slides;
  • Optional readings to complement the presentations;
  • Case studies providing restoration examples;
  • Two optional discussion sections conducted live with guest experts;
  • Weekly short answer assignments which evaluate the participant’s understanding of the content; and
  • Discussion forums for individual and group work towards the creation of a final project: a preliminary management plan for restoration on a site of professional interest.

In addition to the discussion forum, the work toward the final project will include one site visit, feedback from the course facilitator, peer-to-peer exchange of drafts, and literature searches.