The UN World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is observed each year on 17 June to raise awareness of the presence of desertification and drought, and highlight methods of preventing desertification and recovering from drought. This year, which was also a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, the UNU Land Restoration Training Programme ( UNU-LRT) highlighted the importance of sustainable land management and ecosystem restoration to achieve many of the UN sustainable development goals.
All activities of UNU-LRT aim at building capacities in the field of land restoration and sustainable land management, particularly in developing countries. Efforts to combat unsustainable land use, land degradation, and desertification are often hampered by a lack of knowledge, capacity, and/or social motivation in the affected areas. UNU-LRT strives to help break down these barriers to effective management of natural resources, emphasising women’s empowerment in all steps of that advancement.
To educate and empower people on those important issues, UNU-LRT has created a massive open online course (MOOC) on Business Model Innovation for Sustainable Landscape Restoration with its partners in the ENABLE consortium. This 8-week free inter- and trans-disciplinary MOOC is designed for environmental and business students and professionals, but is open to anyone with an interest in landscape restoration based on sustainable business models. It addresses the challenges of large-scale landscape restoration with a partnership approach and reflects the interconnectedness of nature, society and economy in landscape management.
The aims to equip learners with practical business tools to restore landscapes and covers the process of business model innovation for sustainable landscape restoration based on returns of natural, social, and financial capital. Each step is illustrated with three real-life cases of landscape restoration to show how the theory looks in practice.
For more information, or to register for the course, see the announcement on the UNU-LRT website.