"With the annual peatland fires flaring up in Kalimantan and Sumatra, the online certificate program is providing me with tools to weigh the complex economic, social and political forces at play with the ultimate goal of improving land governance systems and practices."
Participant Spotlight: Isaac Rounds
September 18, 2019
Isaac Rounds, Carbon-Offset Manager, Fiji
"This program has been an eye-opener for me, especially learning from leading specialists from Yale University in the field of restoration and from fellow participants from across the globe."
Participant Spotlight: Pratiwi Utamiputri
September 11, 2019
Pratiwi Utamiputri, The Biodiversity Consultancy, Indonesia
"The course has challenged my thinking and prompted me to reinvent the way I do my job whilst strengthening my technical knowledge on ecology and deepening my understanding of social justice."
Course Spotlight: September 2019
September 5, 2019
"[Uncertainty] will make you a better resource manager. If you feel like you have all the answers, that's probably not good. Don't be distressed about feeling uncertain, because that is the nature of this work."
Participants received these words of wisdom during last week's live discussion with Yale professor Dr. Amity Doolittle. During the session, participants reflected on land tenure and other social complexities surrounding their restoration and conservation work.
The group has been examining bias, community and stakeholder complexity, and other topics that are fundamental to implement conservation and restoration projects. Participants will now start exploring tools to go from understanding to engaging with stakeholders.
Uchenna Rowland Onyeizu, Lecturer, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Nigeria
"The learning experiences so far, have surpassed my expectations; the online support services for effective learning, relevant case studies, opportunities to share experiences with fellow participants from different countries, the weekly lectures and live sessions guiding implementation and the interactions with experienced professors have made this program very relevant and exceptional."
Participant Spotlight: Daniela Uribe Fink
July 24, 2019
Daniela Uribe Fink, CEO and Co-founder, Lazy Bear Tea, United States
"I'm thrilled to be connecting with visionary practitioners from around the world who are committed to protecting tropical forests in this most critical of times. I have already started to learn new concepts to apply to my work and new ideas from across oceans."
Fundamentals week 4 and 5: exploring tropical ecology and resilience
July 17, 2019
Tropical forest ecosystems are complex. Participants are exploring the many ecological factors that shape forests, such as plant-animal interaction, evolution of biodiversity, ecosystem resiliency and responses to disturbance. With teachings from Dr. Mark Ashton, Dr. Liza Comita, Dr. Florencia Montagnini and Dr. Os Schmitz, participants are learning about different ways that forests function and recover from disturbance. Participants are analyzing the ways in which these ecological processes guide the selection of conservation and restoration strategies.
Le Thi Thanh Thuy, International Union for the Conservation of Nature, Vietnam
"I have a burning desire to gain more knowledge about forestry in order to help local communities and develop my personal career. Such a professional certificate on forest landscape restoration, provided by a world-leading university like Yale, will help me to contribute more to our conservation projects as well as bring me to a turning point in my career."
Participant Spotlight: Md. Ehsanul Hoque
June 19, 2019
Md. Ehsanul Hoque, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Bangladesh
"I am trained in environmental conservation and development and am overseeing environment and conservation activities of the UNHCR Bangladesh. I am excited to participate because this programme will provide me with the opportunity to interact and learn from world-renowned teachers, to be introduced to other environmental professionals and to learn from their experiences around the world."
Fundamentals week 2: exploring land use history and challenging conceptions
June 12, 2019
Participants are challenging their conceptions as they learn about power dynamics and narratives that influence land use and conservation. With teachings from Dr. Carol Carpenter, Dr. Alicia Calle and Dr. Bill Laurance, participants learned how the history of land use and degradation is not always straightforward. Some of them were surprised to learn how scientific data, historical records and local knowledge might not always tell the same story. With this in mind, participants started building historical timelines to understand the landscapes in which they work and are setting forth a vision for their conservation and restoration projects.
Orientation starts next week for the online certificate program. Over 40 participants are preparing to embark on a yearlong learning experience. It's amazing! They come from many sectors and 29 different countries.
Participant Spotlight: Daniel Venturi
May 8, 2019
Daniel Venturi, World Wildlife Fund, Brazil
"I'm in constant search for academic and professional improvement. I chose this program and its entrepreneurial and innovative approach to train professionals to be able to implement solutions for scaling up forest restoration. I seek to deepen my knowledge on the subject of tropical forest restoration to improve conditions in the Atlantic Forest."
April 24, 2019
In addition to a diverse team of faculty and experts, participants receive year-round support from dedicated mentors. Gillian and Karin will help you stay on track and ensure that you have the resources you need to reach your learning goals. Learn more about Program Mentors & Coordinators on our Instruction Team page.
Faculty Spotlight: April 2019
April 17, 2019
Dr. Amity Doolittle, Senior Lecturer and Research Scientist, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
"A wonderful aspect about being involved in a certficiate program like this, with such talented conservation practitioners from around the world, is that I get to learn from your experiences about the amazing work being accomplished on the ground."
Learn to evaluate opportunities and tradeoffs across potential funding sources. Participants will learn about: (a) basic financial concepts and project planning, (b) major types of funding sources and what funders are looking for and (c) the types of funding are likely a good match for their initiative.
The final application deadline is April 15. The cohort is filling up fast, so apply soon.
Did you miss our last webinar about the Capstone Project course with Dr. Amy Vedder? No worries, you can watch the recording.
Join our informational webinar: March 28th
March 22, 2019
Facing a challenge on how to design or implement a project in tropical forest landscapes? This session is for you!
Time: March 28, 2019, 12:00-1:00 PM Eastern Time
Share your challenges and interests with Dr. Amy Vedder, who will teach the Capstone Project course of the new Yale online certificate program Tropical Forest Landscapes. During the program, Dr. Vedder will guide professionals facing complex challenges to design or improve a specific conservation or restoration project — these can be projects, land management plans, business plans, policies and programs at any scale.
Watch the recording of the session below:
Faculty Spotlight: March 2019
March 20, 2019
Dr. Amy Vedder, Lecturer, Ecology & Applied Conservation, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
Dr. Vedder has worked in applied conservation for over 30 years. "I am pleased to offer ideas and practical tools for forest conservation to a wide variety of emerging professionals."
Strategies: Implementing and Monitoring Techniques
Learn how to select, plan and monitor restoration and conservation activities for multiple goals, including: (a) timber and non-timber forest products, (b) sustainable agricultural production, (c) ecosystem services and (d) mitigating and adapting to climate change.