Think climate smart landscapes

Climate Change is impacting our landscapes, action is needed now! During this international short course, you will learn about the landscape approach, climate trends and adaptation actions to increase the resilience of your landscapes and its people.

We will provide you with practical and participatory tools, which allow you to assess the vulnerabilities of your landscapes and develop climate smart strategies. This way, you will look for synergies between various SDG goals!

Apply here

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Landscape Governance

Scholarships for our international course on LANDSCAPE GOVERNANCE now available!

Always wanted to learn about integrated landscape approaches? Then this is your chance! Our famous international course on LANDSCAPE GOVERNANCE is now open for application. Scholarships are available if applied for before October 10th, so you’d better be fast!

During our two weeks programme (1-12 April 2019) we will challenge you to look at your own work from an integrative landscape perspective, learn how to build bridges between the public and the private sector, and develop innovative governance mechanisms at the landscape level.

Apply NOW, to be the first!

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Land Matters! MOOC 2018

Land Matters! Integrating Soil Degradation Concerns and Solutions into Policy Processes

2018 Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)


About the course

Land degradation affects us all directly or indirectly: food insecurity, pests, reduced availability of clean water, increased vulnerability to climate change, biodiversity loss, and much more. However, policy often fails to acknowledge this problem, or is incapable to identify solutions.

That’s why we offer this MOOC, running from August 27th through October 15th, 2018 to help understand how to influence policy making to foster sustainable soil protection and rehabilitation.

The global programme “Soil protection and rehabilitation for food security“, implemented by GIZ for the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), is launching the free MOOC “Land Matters!” in cooperation with the University of Leeds – School of Earth and Environment and the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT).

Theoretical and methodological input by experts will help you to clarify specific policy objectives, the preferred modes of communication of your target group, and to identify the most suitable engagement techniques or activities.

You will have the opportunity to exchange views and experiences with experts and participants and work on the topic in an international network of practitioners, scientists and policy makers. You are also encouraged to reflect on the possible application of the acquired knowledge in your own case, by developing your own case specific policy brief and feeding your conclusions back into the MOOC forum.

Specific benefits of the MOOC will be:

  • Learning through inputs, sharing of experiences, exercises and case studies.
  • Strengthening of existing networks, creation of new networks, and potential for further joint work or knowledge exchange.
  • Visibility of the topic and experiences through broad communication of the MOOC.
  • Access to a collection of material and background documents on the topic, including examples and case studies that could be further explored.
  • Support in the development of case/country specific material (e.g. policy briefs).


Who can participate?

Anyone who would like to extend and share their knowledge and experience on bringing soil protection issues into policy making.


Duration and workload

This MOOC is an 8-week program consisting of 8 modules, and it is entirely free of charge. Traditional course material such as videos, readings, and case studies will be provided together with an online learning room. The MOOC’s interactive tools will help build a vibrant learning community, focused on co-creating solutions. Participants who would like to receive a certificate should expect a workload of 3 hours per week.



Participants who successfully complete the course and develop a case specific policy brief, will receive a certificate from GIZ.



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International Summer Course on Forest Landscape Restoration

Worldwide, landscapes are changing rapidly due to social-economic development and globalization. While such modifications have often brought prosperity for humans and societies, many adverse effects can be observed. Diverse ecological and cultural landscapes are disappearing at a rapid pace around the world, while local cultures and biodiversity have become threatened. Yet, we do know that affected landscapes can be restored. Many landscapes around the world – including in China, Brazil and the Netherlands – have successfully been restored. This restoration has however not been realised without facing governance challenges, particularly related to stakeholder involvement, multi-sector collaboration, choosing the right instruments, project implementation, and the development of landscape governance capacities at all levels and scales.


This Summer course is the second in a series of Summer courses exploring the contours of landscape governance, organised by Beijing Forestry University, Renmin University of China, Yunnan Forestry University and Wageningen University. This summer we will address the landscape governance challenges faced by China. China has experienced dramatic landscape changes over last a century, leading to large-scale deforestation, water and soil erosion, and lose of biodiversity. But over the past few decades, the country has been able to successfully reforest and restore landscapes at an impressive scale. In order to learn most effectively from China’s experience, the Summer course will deploy a combination of learning methods including lectures, academic reflections, practical games, field visits. and case studies. This combination of activities will allow the participants to not only acquire novel knowledge, but also the practical skills and new attitudes to successfully address landscape restoration and its governance in China.


for more information, contact Dr. Lingchao ( and Prof. Dr. Liu Jinlong (


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Towards zero hunger: Partnerships for impact

We would like to invite you to the international SDG-conference ‘Towards zero hunger: Partnerships for impact’, on
30-31 August 2018 in Wageningen, The Netherlands. The conference is part of the many activities that are being organized during the 100 year anniversary of Wageningen University & Research (WUR).

SDG 2 (to end hunger, to achieve food security and improved nutrition, and to promote sustainable agriculture) and SDG 17 (creating partnerships) are the focus of the conference. Paul Polman (CEO Unilever), Akinwumi Adesina (President African Development Bank), Ertharin Cousin (former President World Food Programme) and Louise O. Fresco (President Wageningen University & Research) and many more speakers will lead the way in multiple actor participation and engagement, to discuss innovative transformative pathways. To tackle the challenges of the SDGs, various stakeholders from governments, science, industry and civil society will discuss issues as governance, balancing synergies and trade-offs, evidence base for sustainable food systems, and future collaboration. As the leading institute in food and agriculture, WUR feels committed to contribute to the SDGs in general and Zero Hunger in particular.

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Regional knowledge-sharing initiative among leaders of integrated landscape management in Mesoamerica

Those working to achieve sustainable development, food security, watershed management, forest restoration, biodiversity conservation, and climate resilience in Mesoamerica, please join us for this powerful multi-day learning and sharing event.

Registration is open, but limited spaces remain. Sign up today!

Leaders from farmer, community and indigenous organizations, local governments, businesses, NGOs and other stakeholders across Mesoamerica are working together through integrated landscape management to achieve multiple goals from their land and resources. If you are one of those people, the Mesoamerican Landscapes Dialogue is designed for you.

The Mesoamerican Landscapes Dialogue will gather the diverse communities of practice in sustainable landscapes at the beautiful campus of CATIE in Turrialba, Costa Rica to learn together through:

  • Exchanging experiences and knowledge: Meet with other actors working towards the same goals
  • Mobilizing finance: Open doors to sources of high-level funding for coordinated public, private and civic investments in the region
  • Increasing impact: Drive action and collective impact; boost impact from the community level towards the landscape; organize different actors to work together
  • Forming strategic alliances: connect local initiatives with large-scale initiatives; encourage collaboration between organizations; form public-private alliances

Register here


La inscripción está abierta, pero quedan espacios limitados. Regístrate hoy:


Aquellos que trabajan para lograr el desarrollo sostenible en Mesoamerica—con la seguridad alimentaria, la agricultura regenerative, manejo de cuencas, conservación de la biodiversidad, restauración de bosques, y la resiliencia climatica—por favor únanse a nosotros para participar en este evento de aprendizaje e intercambio de conocimientos, experiencia, e ideas para colaborar en planificación estratégica del manejo integrado de paisajes en Mesoamérica.

Líderes de organizaciones agrícolas, comunales e indigenas, gobiernos y otros actores interesados en Mesoamérica están trabajando juntos en el manejo integrado del paisaje. Si usted es una de estas personas, el Diálogo Mesoamericano de Paisajes Sostenibles está diseñado para usted.

El Diálogo reunirá a diversas comunidades de práctica en paisajes sostenibles en el hermoso campus del CATIE en Turrialba, Costa Rica, para aprender juntos a través de:

  • Formar alianzas estratégicas: hacer vínculos entre iniciativas; buscar cómo colaborar con otras organizaciones; formar alianzas públicas-privadas.
  • Intercambio de experiencias y conocimientos: conocer ejemplos e innovaciones de otros actores que están trabajando a escala de paisajes.
  • Movilizar financiamiento: abrir puertas para buscar fuentes de financiamiento de alto nivel en la región; atraer financiamiento incluidas inversiones públicas y privadas para el manejo integrado de paisajes.
  • Aumentar los beneficios: impulsar acciones colectivas; tener una incidencia mayor desde el nivel comunitario hacia el paisaje; organizar actores diferentes para trabajar en conjunto.

Registrar aquí


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Forest and landscape restoration: Participatory approaches and monitoring

Join the conversation. Enrol now!

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is pleased to invite you to join the Forest and Landscape Restoration (FLR) online community of practice, and to attend an online knowledge-sharing forum “Forest and landscape restoration: Participatory approaches and monitoring”.

When stakeholders participate in the process of forest and landscape restoration, the activities are more effective and sustainable. To learn more, and to share your experiences, join the webinar on Wednesday 23 May 2018. In addition to the webinar, the online forum includes a 3-week facilitated online discussion following the webinar on the Online Community of Practice for Forest and Landscape Restoration. The knowledge sharing forum will be conducted in English.

The knowledge-sharing forum aims to answer these questions:

  1. Why is it important for the implementation and success of restoration activities that the relevant stakeholders participate?
  2. What is the added value of using participatory approaches?
  3. How can local populations and other key stakeholders best be engaged during the entire FLR process? How can the conditions that enable participation be created?
  4. What are the key social aspects to be considered in FLR monitoring? What are the main lessons learned from monitoring social aspects of the FLR processes?

Webinar agenda

  • Objectives of the session by Carolina Gallo and Maria Nuutinen, FAO
  • Opening and introduction by Jordi Cortina, University of Alicante, Spain
  • Presentation “Participatory approaches to restore drylands in Morocco” by Mchich Derak, Regional Directorate for Water and Forests and Desertification Control of the Rif, Morocco
  • Presentation “Forest restoration monitoring – Participation and support of local people” by Manuel Guariguata, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Peru
  • Panel discussion, summary and feedback

Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions during the webinar.

Who should attend?

This forum is intended for the practitioners of forest and landscape restoration, especially:

  • National and local focal points (government officers)
  • Academia
  • Private sector
  • Civil society organizations
  • Experts in FLR planning and monitoring

Complete the enrolment form by Monday 21 May.

Read more about how to participate.

Learn more about the online community of practice here.

Join the Dgroup platform: Online Community of Practice for Forest and Landscape Restoration

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Latsis Symposium 2018 – Scaling-up Forest Restoration

The Latsis Symposium 2018 brings leading scientists and practitioners in forestry to ETH Zürich to address the ecological, economic, and societal challenges of scaling-up forest restoration. The symposium will tackle two major environmental threats, climate change and forest degradation, through restoration and aims to set out methods of coordinating an effective global response.

The 2-day symposium will take inspiration from the Bonn Challenge and seek to explore challenges and opportunities in meeting its targets. The discussion will be moulded by presentations from academia, non-governmental organisations, and the business sector.

Registration is free of charge and ends on 30 May 2018.

For more details, please visit the symposium website or read about the highlights of this event in this blog post.


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