Updates and Field Notes

Welcome to our 2020-2021 cohort

June 2, 2020

We are so pleased to welcome the 2020-2021 cohort! 59 individuals are joining us, representing over 46 organizations, 30 countries and many different sectors and backgrounds. We look forward to beginning this yearlong journey with all of you.

Free webinar series

May 30, 2020

ELTI and the Tropical Forest Landscapes online certificate program are pleased to collaborate on an upcoming webinar series, "Capacity Development for Forest Landscape Restoration."

Join us for our first webinar June 25, 2020 @ 11 am EDT
"A training of trainers approach to restoration in Panama"
Program Instructor Jacob Slusser

Register here

Jacob Slusser is an ELTI affiliate based in Panama. He is one of the instructors in the Strategies course of the Tropical Forest Landscapes online certificate program. 

F&ES Dean Indy Burke offers closing remarks to Cohort 1

May 5, 2020

Congratulations to the 2019-2020 cohort! It has been quite a journey and no small undertaking to cross the end line after one year learning and exchanging experiences about restoration, conservation and sustainable use. We wish you the best of luck as you apply and share what you learned. Please stay in touch – we would love to hear from you.

Free online lecture by Zoraida Calle - April 3, 2020

April 20, 2020

Did you miss our free online lecture on April 3, 2020? Watch a recording of the presentation for a preview of the expertise that instructors like Zoraida Calle and many others share in our online certificate program.

"Intergenerational exchange and the future of sustainable land use."

Zoraida Calle is an ELTI affiliate based at the Center for Research on Sustainable Agricultural Production Systems (Fundación CIPAV), in Colombia. Check out these websites for more information on the work of ELTI (elti.yale.edu) Fundación CIPAV (cipav.org.co). 

Sign up for our mailing list for future events like this one and for more information about the program: tropicalrestorationcertificate.yale.edu.

Online Open House - February 12, 2020

February 13, 2020

Did you miss our Online Open House on February 12, 2020? Watch a recording of the session for an overview of the program and information about the admissions process, presented by Program Coordinator and Mentor, Karin Bucht.

Participant Spotlight: Matthew Burton

October 16, 2019
Matthew BurtonUSAID, Indonesia

"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

Isaac RoundsSeptember 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

Pratiwi UtamiputriSeptember 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

ELTI field course in PanamaSeptember 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.

Learn more about the program curriculum >>

Participant Spotlight: Uchenna Rowland Onyeizu

Uchenna Rowland OnyeizuJuly 31, 2019
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

Daniela Uribe FinkJuly 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

Suba Seta Forest in Oromia region, EthiopiaJuly 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 AshtonDr. Liza ComitaDr. 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.

Learn more about the program curriculum.

Participant Spotlight: Le Thi Thanh Thuy

Le Thi Thanh ThuyJune 26, 2019
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

Md. Ehsanul HoqueJune 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

Mosaic landscape in Southern EthiopiaJune 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.

Learn more about the program curriculum.

Orientation starts next week!

Map of the world, with countries highlighted to indicate where participants are fromMay 15, 2019

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

Daniel VenturiMay 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."

Program Mentors

Karin Bucht and Gillian BloomfieldApril 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

Dr. Amity DoolittleApril 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 more about the program instructors >>

Course Spotlight: April 2019

Students talking in a classroomApril 10, 2019
Funding: Financial Concepts and Tools

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.

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