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The 8-week course is designed in 3 phases that move the participants from ideation towards the successful implementation of a new sustainable business model for landscape restoration with 4 returns: return of natural capital, return of social capital, return of inspiration and return of financial capital. This course was created by the ENABLE consortium: Commonland, United Nations University Land Restoration Training Programme, Spanish National Research Council CSIC, Nova School of Business & Economics, Rotterdam School of Management, and Erasmus University. Building on our ENABLE’s first MOOC "A Business Approach to Sustainable Landscape Restoration" (, this second MOOC focuses on the potential for a positive role of business model innovation for landscape restoration, highlighting the following elements: - Vision Formulation - Systems Analysis - Stakeholder Analysis - Opportunity Analysis - Business Model Design - Solution Validation - Assessment & Monitoring - Reflection & Iteration This new course furthermore takes a partnership approach to take on the challenge of large-scale landscape restoration, reflecting the interconnectedness of ecology, society and economy in landscape management. Interdisciplinary teams are needed to find and implement solutions to the wicked problem of landscape degradation, which is why this MOOC is designed to work preferably with a team. If it suits your circumstances best, you can certainly also work individually. We have included three real-life cases of existing landscape restoration projects. For each step of the innovation process, we zoom in on those landscapes to show you how the theory looks in practice. A case about the Hekluskógar woodlands restoration project, an ambitious large-scale restoration project in Iceland to restore the provision of valuable ecosystem services and increase resilience to natural disasters like tephra deposition from volcanic eruptions; a case about diversification of land use and cropping systems in Spain to prevent land degradation and help restoring already degraded land; and a case about the disastrous effects of forest fires in Portugal. Additionally, MOOC participants are provided with other examples around the globe and numerous resources, such as reports, videos and platforms revolving around the business rationale for sustainable land management and business model innovation for landscape restoration....

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By Dhirendra K

Jul 8, 2020

I loved weekly exercises that forced one to think and draft. Reading exercises submitted by peers and giving remarks was very interesting, as it gave one a glimpse of land degradation problems in other parts of the world. The course was very well structured and this is the best learning I have had during the last 80 years.

By Jongpong C

Apr 4, 2021

It was not an easy journey as it was a new area of study, but it was a joyful learning experience throughout the course.

By Luca Z

Jul 13, 2019

Challlenging but fully rewarding

By Jeffrey N

Apr 16, 2019

A very rewarding experience.

By jason l

Jul 6, 2019

very interesting lessons

By Tom L

Apr 22, 2019

The course material is superb. I learnt a lot about setting up business models to go hand in hand with sustainable landscape restoration. The system of working in groups is very effective and it was interesting to collaborate on a Bolivian based project. It is a great idea to set up the course on Slack to allow quality communication. However, the lack of involvement from the course coordinators was very disappointing. I expected them to lead discussions with all of the participants, or at least within the groups. Moreover, several times my group directly asked the coordinators questions but received no response.

By Ade B M

Jun 9, 2020

It is very difficult to pass this course, because, I MUST WAITING FOR SOMEBODY just only to evaluate my assignment. It is full of uncertainty.

I wish that the evaluation in every week is not all by ESSAYS. Actually I already have done in April 2020 for all the assignment but need waiting until June for lucky, to get reviewed peers-by-peers for the essay.

Please, combine it with multiple choices with essay. That will better.