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Ecosystem Restoration 2022

Start date: 19 September 2022
 End date: 20 November 2022
 Course type: Massive Open Online Course
 Languages: English, FrenchSpanish
 Estimated effort: 3-5 hours per week
 Duration: 8 weeks (Part 1 and Part 2)

 Partners:  United Nations Development ProgrammeConvention on Biological Diversity,  Korea Forest ServiceThe European UnionUN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration
 Contributors:  Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and World Agroforestry (ICRAF)Food and Agriculture Organization of the United NationsInternational Union for Conservation of NatureIUCN Commission on Ecosystem ManagementSociety for Ecological RestorationUnited Nations Environment Programme – World Conservation Monitoring CentreUniversity of MontanaBSC GroupTechnische Universität MünchenPeatland Ecology Research GroupUniversité LavalL’Institut Méditerranéen de la Biodiversité et d’Écologie marine et continentale 

About the course

The course serves as an introduction to the Short-Term Action Plan on Ecosystem Restoration (STAPER) — a flexible framework adopted by the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity to support, inter alia, governments in the development and implementation of their national restoration strategies. The course is geared to government representatives interested in creating a blueprint for ecosystem restoration at the national or subnational level, but is open to everyone. The course is available in English, French, and Spanish, and is facilitated by ecosystem restoration experts.

Course highlights and outcomes

  • Join a community-of-practice committed to preventing, halting, and reversing the trend of ecosystem degradation
  • Explore rich learning materials, diving into detailed content based on your needs
  • Learn how to select the most appropriate interventions for your context from a range of restorative practices
  • Receive certificates of completion from the course partners for completing Part 1 and Part 2 of the course

Learning objectives

By the time you complete Part 1 of this course, you will be able to:

  • Define ecosystem restoration and explain its importance
  • Outline the types of ecosystems and ecosystem services
  • Explain approaches to and principles of restoration
  • Place restoration in the context of large-scale initiatives and agreements

By the time you complete Part 2 of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand how stakeholder participation and inclusive and gender-responsive planning are critical to your restoration project
  • Understand the steps and activities involved in developing a plan for ecosystem restoration
  • Tailor your restoration plan based on real-world examples
  • Conceptualize the application of the Short-Term Action Plan on Ecosystem Restoration in your context

Course structure

Part 1: Introduction to ecosystem restoration (19 September — 9 October 2022)
  • Week 1: Introduction to ecosystem restoration
  • Week 2: Assessment of opportunities and priorities for restoration
  • Week 3: Legal, policy and governance aspects
Part 2: Applying ecosystem restoration interventions (17 October — 20 November 2022)
  • Week 1: Strategic planning processes
  • Week 2: Cost-benefit analysis, accounting processes and resource mobilization
  • Week 3: Selection and implementation of restoration interventions
  • Week 4: Monitoring and evaluation
  • Week 5: Capacity building and development

Course completion certificate

This course offers two certificates of completion from the course partners: one for Part 1 and one for Part 2. You may choose to complete only one part of the course and download the certificate for that part.

To receive a certificate of completion for Part 1, you must:

  • Complete all online lessons in Part 1
  • Pass three weekly quizzes
  • Complete the course survey for Part 1

To receive a certificate of completion for Part 2, you must:

  • Complete all online lessons in Part 2
  • Pass five weekly quizzes
  • Complete the course survey for Part 2

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