Participants & Testimonials
Join this diverse group of environmental professionals who manage, influence and govern tropical forest landscapes.
Members the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 cohorts represent:
- 70+ organizations
- 40+ countries
- Staff members from governments, NGOs, aid agencies, foundations, businesses, extension agencies and academia
- Graduate students and recent graduates
- Landowners, farmers, ranchers and community organizers
- Individuals seeking professional development or career changes
Image: Nationalities of program participants to date
Hear the perspectives and experiences of current program participants.
Khalil WaljiFood and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
As a professional working in the policy & research nexus, this is the perfect piece of academic exposure.
The live sessions are well run, engaging and use examples from student submission which allow them to be dynamic and personal. The content is also well thought out, and extremely engaging - there is not enough time in the week to digest it all, although I wish there was. This is a real commitment, it will take time to truly benefit from this course, however your level of commitment can be tailored to your needs - which means for working professionals this can be a great after work personal development course. In the end the program exposes you to a wide range of critical skills and theories that are at the forefront of the global biodiversity, climate and other agendas, which are crucial to understand and thrive in the space.”
Marine GauthierThe Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
The mentors’ availability is unique. They are highly responsive by emails, and you can book appointments. It sometimes makes me forget this is an online certificate!
The courses cover an incredibly vast array of subjects, yet we can dig quite deep into each issue thanks to the live session and the possibility to exchange with the lecturers. I am sincerely amazed by the diversity and the quality of the students’ backgrounds and the exchanges we have. The cohort itself is a wealth of information!”
Zipora OtienoFood and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Within a very short time, I have been able to build, expand and leverage my professional networks through interaction with other course participants.
The flexible learning arrangements, the support from the program mentors and the quality of content provided by the instructors has been outstanding, allowing me to effectively balance my work commitments and studies. The course instructors have extensive field experience and real-life insights! They are not just academics. They are also every easy to contact and very personable. Despite it being a distance learning course, which requires greater self-motivation, the weekly live sessions and the blended learning allow greater interaction among students and the faculty. I highly recommend this course for any environmental professional looking to take the next big step in their career.”
Wesley SnellConserve Natural Forests
Despite the range of topics, this holistic program does not sacrifice depth for breadth.
The integration of this knowledge and my capstone project has dramatically improved the clarity, organization, and precision of my work restoring tropical dry forests in Thailand.”
Fabiana Servantes MunhozL'Oréal
Being from the private sector, the critical thinking I'm learning in this program is a key element for achieving transformative change in developing inclusive and responsible supply chains.
Overall, the program encourages us to analyze and address the many social issues around people and inclusion in conservation projects.”
We are guided step-by-step to do the capstone project, given helpful tools, and provided with opportunities for feedback and discussion.
In addition, the lectures and case studies in the program are really valuable and eye-opening.”
The variety of research experience and practical knowledge shared by the lecturers and incredibly enriching diversity of participants, enable great exchanges and learning on different levels.
That diversity is reflected in the lively discussions of multidisciplinary approaches which suit the complexity of the topics at hand. All this makes the program a truly rewarding experience!”
Teresa KennedyEnvironmental Investigation Agency
I appreciate that each student can decide for herself
how much time she wants to dedicate each week.
The effort each week can easily be adapted based on interest in a topic, workload outside of ELTI, or anything else that comes up. It has made me feel like I am learning for the sake of learning and not just completing assignments to meet deadlines or professor expectations.”
Pheakkdey NguonEuropean Forest Institute
However, I was grateful for it because it exposed me to topics that are very relevant, but I have not explored previously
The lectures, readings, discussions with my cohort via the weekly reflections and the live sessions with the instructors are very useful to clarify these concepts.”
Anazelia TedescoThe University of Queensland
This program allowed me to integrate a solid knowledge base and practical experience with the most current solutions, challenges, and best practices in conservation and restoration."
Nick NugentMumbai, India
The instructors pay close attention to the participants' projects and give nuanced feedback to help guide our real-life work.
Engaging with the instructors and students from around the world has been a highlight of the ELTI course thus far.”
NSOH NDAM ElvisMinistry of Forestry & Wildlife
The lecturers go through all the stages of project management and help you to develop a framework for consulting the many actors necessary for project success.
The capstone project of this training has caught my attention because of all the tools you learn. I have learned to carry out a SWOT analysis and develop multi-stakeholder radiagrams based on the strength, capacity, motivation and mandate of many different actors. I have also learned to identify the threats to conservation and contributing factors while proposing strategies to be implemented to mitigate these threats and develop a real project that will benefit communities.”
Holly BynoeSage Gardens Barbados
The 2020-2021 cohort consists of a group of dynamic people with such a range of knowledge, and the way we share is especially fruitful.
The live sessions every week along with the assignments and instructors have been really beneficial and outstanding thus far. They grow my knowledge and challenge me weekly to think through my proposed Capstone project. Overall, the courses allow for the digestion and assimilation of knowledge in a pace that is thrilling and challenging. Prospective applicants should be aware that this is a serious commitment. I spend roughly 6-8 hours a week with readings, viewing the lectures, case studies and of course attending class. However, the sacrifice of time directly affects my knowledge and ability to follow the systematised way of thinking through the context of my landscape, its history, social behaviours and intrinsically the nature of post-colonial societies.”
Pilar PedrinelliThe Rainforest Alliance
Taking this program allowed me to become a better advocate and translate my leanings into a proper narrative that can benefit lots of people.
I am leading the Rainforest Alliance's public engagement work, and I developed my career in this field as I believe that what is going to make us change and click as humankind is a proper, informed, storytelling. I joined this online certificate program to be able to understand the causes and the effects of deforestation and, in detail, how we can effectively reverse the direction that our world seems to be heading towards. My personal challenge is to understand all the complex nuances of this work and make sure that I am educated enough to distil the key message and connect it to people's everyday life and everyday choices. I love to translate complex topics in a simple (yet not simplistic) version that can connect with people, and I was provided now with a great and important platform to tell a great story.”