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16 October 2020

Community Forestry 101 – E-learning course

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RECOFTC, a NGO working for “a future where people live equitably and sustainably in and beside healthy, resilient forests” has officially launched the enrolment of Community Forestry 101, an open e-course. The free e-course introduces the concept and practice of community forestry as a pathway to solving the world’s greatest social and environmental challenges.

The free e-course introduces community forestry as a pathway to solving the world’s greatest social and environmental challenges.

Countries around the world and in Asia-Pacific increasingly recognize the contribution community forestry makes to inspire climate change solutions and sustainable economic and social development. But what is community forestry? What forms does it take? Why do we need to involve local communities in forest management? What makes community forestry successful? What are the constraints to realizing the potential of community forestry? These are some of the questions the course will raise.

Community forestry 101 will answer these questions and more. It focuses on the Asia-Pacific, but the concepts can be applied throughout the world. The journey through the course includes experiential and reflective activities based on real life conditions. You will also have opportunities to share your ideas and collaborate with others.

Enrolment in Community Forest 101 starts on the 14th of October a will be open until the 14th of November. After registration, the e-course will run from 2 November 2020 to 15 January 2021. The course is in English.

Key features of the course

  • Learn for free and differently, through experiential and reflective activities based on real life conditions
  • Study at own pace, dedicate five hours to complete the course at a time most convenient to you
  • Join a community of learners, gain opportunities to share your ideas and collaborate with others
  • Receive a certificate, for successful candidates who achieve 75 percent or higher in the assessment

Course schedule

  • Five hours between the 2nd of November and the 15th of January 2021

This e-course is particularly interesting for:

  • People who work in forestry and related careers
  • Students and graduates of forestry, environmental science and development studies
  • Extension workers
  • Others who want to engage with and support indigenous and local communities to achieve sustainable development and mitigate climate change

Participants should have a working knowledge of English. Typical learners are professionals in the forestry and natural resources sectors in government, the private sector and civil society interested in participatory forest governance; students in the Asia-Pacific who want to gain additional knowledge on the use of community forestry, a course that is not offered in traditional university curriculum; academics looking for research resources who want to build professional networks and connect with researchers across the Asia-Pacific; organizations that  seek opportunities for their employees to gain skills and  learn how to engage with forest communities and how community forestry can help them achieve their goals.

Topics the course covers

  • The concept and practice of community forestry in the Asia-Pacific
  • The relationship between people and forests
  • Models of community forestry
  • Principles underlying community forestry and factors that make community forestry models successful
  • Challenges to achieving the full potential of community forestry

Competencies you will gain

  • Recognize community forestry as a way to increase local people’s engagement in governing and managing forests
  • Recognize the diversity of community forestry models in the Asia-Pacific
  • Use the principles of community forestry to review models of community forestry
  • Identify challenges to community forestry in your own context

Certificate of completion

This course qualifies for a RECOFTC Certificate of Completion. You just need to achieve 75 percent or higher in the assessment and become part of a global community with competencies on the basics of community forestry.

Learn more about the course and RECOFTC

Register for the course