Forest & People Centered Adaptation to Climate Change: e-learning Courses Begin September 4

Forests can provide tremendous environmental services to adjacent communities. They help rainwater percolate into soil and groundwater systems that that charge village springs and reduce flooding. Forests provide protection, livelihoods, food and fuel.

Communities don’t always understand the importance of forests, but it is essential for community members to be at the center of any restoration or conservation effort. They need to be involved in the assessment of forest health, the determination of risks and challenges caused by deforestation, in the design of restoration and conservation projects, and in their co-management. This community based approach builds ownership and the long-term stewardship that is necessary for positive impact and sustainability.

Join students from all over the world for an intensive series of courses in Community Based Development that begin September 4, 2012. In these courses students identify local community vulnerabilities, identify risks and hazards, investigate appropriate solutions, develop full projects, launch and manage them.

Forest-focused projects developed by course participants have included:

  • watershed reforestation/restoration
  • developing community forest conservation groups
  • village spring protection through tree planting
  • introduction of agroforestry techniques for small scale farmers
  • REDD+ projects
  • forest conservation for ecotourism
  • natural resources management and conservation

Diploma 340: A Module of 4 Courses
In 341 and 342 you will develop projects on the ground, but projects that focus on a community-based approach to development.

OL 343 and 344 you will investigate the special challenges in your adaptation project and refine your project’s activities. Build sustainability and impact into your project by fully engaging the community. Learn how to launch, manage and hand-over a project whose impact may not be measured in years, but in decades.

Complete information, course syllabi and course fees can be found at:

Online course participants are using our courses to develop real, on-the-ground projects with real communities—both individually and through North/South student partnerships. People from 135 different countries and 400 organizations haveused CSDi online courses to develop projects impacting 225,000 people.

STEP 1. Enroll in the first course of this series: OL 341.

341 Community Based Adaptation 1: Designing & Funding Community-Based Adaptation Projects.
Gain an insight into contemporary methods of developing community-based, sustainable, impact-oriented projects.

342 Community Based Adaptation: Planning for Impact.
Imbed impact into your adaptation project design with a powerful set of management tools.

343 Community Based Adaptation 3: The Community Focus. Designing & Funding Community-Based Adaptation Projects.
Gain an insight into contemporary methods of developing community-based, sustainable, impact-oriented projects.

344 Community Based Adaptation 4: Sustainable Implementation. How do you launch and implement a community-centered adaptation project?

Learn more about current Forest & CBA field projects, the students, their projects and their communities, by reading our Forest & CBA Newsletter featuring:
1. Bangladesh: Participatory Riparian Forest Management Program
2. Perú: Participatory restoration & conservation of a fragile mangrove ecosystem
3. Agroforestry and Conservation Agriculture for Malawi Food Security
4. Forest Reserve Nigeria: REDD+ | NTFPs | Climate Smart Agroforestry
5. Community Afforestation Program in Bangladesh
6. 300 Hands-On Field Activities for Community Based Adaptation Projects

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Tim Magee, Executive Director
Center for Sustainable Development

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