Free e-Course on Climate Change and REDD+

22 December 2010 | News story

More than 2000 people have taken this new course on climate change and deforestation. It is recommended by Andy Alm, CEC Specialty Group Leader for Knowledge Management.

To educate people around the globe on the topic of climate change, a free, web-based, self-paced course has been created by The Nature Conservancy, gtz, WWF, Rainforest Alliance, Conservation International, and CCBA (The Climate, Community & Biodiversity Alliance).

It is called the Introductory Course on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation and Conserving and Enhancing Forest Carbon Stocks (REDD+).

The course is meant to enable participants to more fully understand and better engage in REDD+ policy negotiations at the national and international levels and to facilitate the development of credible REDD+ activities in developing countries through basic capacity building.

About the course

This course provides a basic level of understanding regarding the REDD+ concept. It begins with background information on climate change and drivers of deforestation. It then covers the essential aspects of the technical, political, financial, social and environmental issues related to REDD+. It concludes with the basics on implementing REDD+ activities at a national or sub-national scale.

The course is four modules long with many lessons in each module. All lessons are highly interactive, keeping students engaged as they progress through the training. Each lesson also contains test questions and assessments. Student activities break up the very scientific content, and assignments provide a way for the student to relate course content to their own climate work.

The course is located at www.conservationtraining.org.

ConservationTraining is an open university sharing the world’s best and most recent conservation-based training materials from some of the world’s most respected agencies. The site is intended to foster learning and provide “as-needed” information and support to anyone making conservation-related decisions. ConservationTraining is unique in its focus of uniting the conservation training community and sharing resources, materials, and courses with the world.

To access the REDD+ course, you must create a username and password at www.conservationtraining.org and register for the course.

Response to the course

The response to the course has surpassed all initial expectations. As of December 10, 2010, the week of The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Cancun, Mexico, the number of registered students topped 2066. Students are distributed all over the globe, representing more than 103 different countries.
We have learned a lot from the students who have completed the course and survey. Below are some comments we have received:

  • “the design of the slides in this course is excellent, colors, images, dynamic of the slides, sequence of contents, etc.”
  • “I did not know much about REDD, so for me this course was very useful in the basics of REDD and the resources provided are very good to learn more about REDD and climate change.”
  • “The visuals were the most useful for me. I liked how I could click on different parts of an image to gain more information and I enjoyed the flash visuals that illustrated processes.”

For more information please email Jamie Chesser (jchesser@tnc.org).