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Tropical Forest Landscapes: Conservation, Restoration & Sustainable Use


Tropical forest landscape conservation and restoration offers an opportunity to address pressing environmental and social challenges. Effective conservation and restoration initiatives support multiple objectives, including ecosystem functioning, climate change mitigation and adaptation, food security and economic growth.

In this yearlong program, participants will learn to design, implement and monitor effective conservation and restoration initiatives. Initiatives can be projects, policies, business plans and programs at any scale.

This program builds upon the expertise of Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies’ faculty and ELTI’s extensive training experience and network throughout the tropics. Participants will gain knowledge, practice skills and apply concepts to their own work and context.

Advance your career and achieve results for conservation and livelihoods from anywhere in the world.

The next offering of the program will run from June 3, 2019 to May 5, 2020.

Scholarship and priority admissions deadline: March 7, 2019

(guaranteed application review)

Final admissions deadline: April 15, 2019

(reviewed on a rolling basis until cohort size reached)

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This yearlong program consists of four online 8-week courses, a yearlong project capstone and an optional one-week field course. It involves a time commitment of approximately 5-6 hours per week throughout the duration of the program.

For full course descriptions, see the Curriculum section of our website.

Four online courses (8 weeks each)

  • Fundamentals: Ecological and social concepts
  • People: Community and institutional engagement 
  • Strategies: Implementing and monitoring techniques
  • Funding: Financial concepts and tools  

One project course (12 months)

  • Capstone Project: Designing a conservation or restoration project

One field course (1 week, optional)

  • Field: Conservation, restoration and sustainable use in practice