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Tropical Forest Landscapes 101: Conservation & Restoration

Yale School of Environment


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About this Course

Conserving and restoring tropical forest landscapes offers an opportunity to address pressing environmental and social challenges. Effective conservation and restoration initiatives support multiple objectives, including ecosystem functioning, climate change mitigation and adaptation, food security, and economic growth.

This seven-week course explores the technical, social, and funding aspects of this timely topic. You will learn:

  • The importance of tropical forest landscapes and the actors and motivations driving restoration and conservation efforts.
  • How tropical forest ecosystems work, and how they relate to climate change and biodiversity? 
  • Fundamental human dimensions to consider in any project, including human livelihoods and local property rights.
  • Conservation theory and dynamic aspects of conserving species and landscapes.
  • A spectrum of restoration strategies and key considerations for restoration, such as species selection and planting design.
  • How agroforestry systems can integrate trees and production to meet different goals? 
  • Basic financial concepts and potential sources of conservation and restoration funding.

Skills you will gain

  • Reforestation
  • Conservation Science
  • Agroforestry


  • Why conserve and restore tropical forest landscapes?
  • Ecology of tropical forest landscapes
  • Social considerations for restoration and conservation
  • Conservation strategies
  • Restoration fundamentals
  • Agroforestry and agroecology
  • Funding conservation and restoration


  • Flexible deadlines - Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
  • Shareable Certificate - Earn a Certificate upon completion
  • 100% online - Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
  • Approx. 20 hours to complete


Tropical Forest Landscapes 101: Conservation & Restoration