Course Details - Landscape Governance

From forests to landscapes

Forested landscapes worldwide are increasingly integrated in global processes of trade, market development, resource exploitation and climate change. This is why landscapes are increasingly considered to be appropriate levels to negotiate land use options. Within forested landscapes food production, commodity agriculture, biodiversity, resource extraction and other land uses are competing for space. Negotiation and conflict mediation between stakeholders and their interests are therefore increasingly needed and a new breed of professionals is high in demand.

Landscapes and governance

Over the last decade ‘governance’ as a term has gained wide currency in relation to public and natural resources management. Governance can be described as a process in which policy development and implementation is based on cooperation between representatives from the government, the market and civil society.

Landscapes however, are rarely recognised as a formal level within the decentralised administrative system of states. Therefore, it is often hard to tally formal planning and decision making processes with the specific dynamics of landscapes. By lack of formal governance structures, landscape governance is therefore characterised as being a shared responsibility of civil society groups, private sector actors and local governments. In many places, these actors are experimenting with their newly assigned roles as co-developers and implementers of landscape governance. Professionals who are able to facilitate these often complex multi-stakeholder processes are in high demand. Are you ready to become one?

Using a variety of training methods

This unique course is organised by Wageningen University & Research in close collaboration with CIFOR and ICRAF, both having vast experience in forest and society related research. Together, we offer you a stimulating learning environment, in which you will be updated on the state-of-the-art in forest- and landscape related research. Moreover, you will be challenged to share your own work and reflect on your current practices together with your course mates from all over the world.

Courses are currently online

Our courses are currently online and follow this format:

  • Pre-course assignments for you to get to know WCDI and for us to get to know your work environment and your expectations in relation to the course;
      • Interactive plenary sessions where we share contents, review assignment and facilitate exchanging experiences. During those interactive sessions we work with a number of online tools like Google Jamboard, Mural and Mentimeter;
  • Group work either online or offline where you with other participants address a specific question or do an assignment. Results of these assignments are also shared and discussed during online sessions;
      • Individual assignments where you will read literature, watch videos, and do exercises on your own. These assignments are an essential part of the learning and most of them count for getting the certificate. They are meant to introduce or deepen knowledge and make the link between theory and your own situation. These assignments are reviewed either by peers or facilitators.

In some, but not all, courses we go on virtual field visits – showing you ‘live’ situations in the field, or with companies or organizations that we collaborate with. We offer coaching trajectories where we support you one-on-one or in small groups to review your individual learning paths in the course and help with any basic questions you may have.

Online platforms: zoom and TalentLMS

Internet connection is important for the completion of the course. Not sure about the connection in your area? Send  an e-mail about your situation.

We use Zoom as a facilitating platform for all our online courses. Our courses take place in general over a 6-8 week period to make the workload and time you spend online manageable.

Our online learning system is TalentLMS. Everything you need — our course programme, chatrooms, assignments, background information are in this system. TalentLMS is easy to operate, can also be accessed by your phone and has an on-and offline functionality. We even organize a technical check-in before the course starts, to test your facilities and get familiar with the tools.

Course planning and certificates

The courses workload is approximately 16-20 hours a week (2-2.5 workdays).

The exact data of your course will be available 2-3 weeks prior to the start of the course. If you’ve successfully completed your course we send you a digital certificate.

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