Yale University
Tropical Forest Landscapes 101: Conservation & Restoration
Yale University

Tropical Forest Landscapes 101: Conservation & Restoration

Taught in English

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Gain insight into a topic and learn the fundamentals

Eva Garen

Instructor: Eva Garen


(102 reviews)

Beginner level

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19 hours to complete
3 weeks at 6 hours a week
Flexible schedule
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What you'll learn

  • (1) Fundamentals of tropical forest landscape management

    (2) Conservation & restoration strategies

    (3) Funding conservation & restoration

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There are 7 modules in this course

Welcome to the course! In this module, we will begin exploring what tropical forest landscapes are and why they are important. We will also discuss threats to forest landscapes and motivations for conserving and restoring them.

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7 videos7 readings2 quizzes2 discussion prompts

In this module, we will examine tropical forests from an ecological lens. Understanding how natural ecological processes work will lay the groundwork for knowing how to develop effective conservation and restoration techniques, which we will cover in later modules.

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9 videos4 readings4 quizzes

Now that we have examined the ecological forces that shape tropical forest landscapes, we will shift our focus to people. In this module, we will consider how people are affected by and affect tropical forest landscapes and how considering local access to resources is a pivotal consideration when considering effective, equitable interventions.

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13 videos6 readings2 quizzes1 discussion prompt

In this module, we will look at some fundamental conservation concepts. At its core, conservation involves protecting existing habitat or forest cover, but selecting where to prioritize protection, is more complicated. Conservation decisions depend on a suite of considerations, such as how one measures biodiversity, how one considers changes in the landscape over time, and how conservation affects other goals, such as ecosystem function.

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8 videos4 readings4 quizzes

In this module, we will explore the process of restoration. As you will soon see, forest restoration encompasses a range of different practices. Selecting which practice to use will depend on a variety of considerations, starting with the level of degradation and the overall goals of the initiative.

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12 videos7 readings3 quizzes

In the last two modules, we looked at fundamental concepts for both conservation and restoration. Here, we will look at a third approach to sustainable land management, which integrates tree cover with other agricultural practices: agroforestry. Agroforestry systems have many different forms and applications - we will learn about several of them here.

What's included

11 videos4 readings3 quizzes1 discussion prompt

In this last part of the course, we will learn about funding conservation and restoration initiatives. This module introduces some financial terminology and tools that are useful for communicating to investors, then discusses obtaining two different types of funding: philanthropic and public.

What's included

13 videos9 readings3 quizzes2 discussion prompts


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4.8 (36 ratings)
Eva Garen
Yale University
1 Course8,907 learners

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