Bridging the Gap Between Ecology and Economy

LRT is a part of the ENABLE consortium, which was established to develop high-quality education targeted at business students and professionals to create awareness about the functioning of ecosystems and the benefits of restoration based on sustainable business models. The ENABLE consortium has developed two massive open online courses (MOOCs) on how restoration of degraded land and sustainable land management provides a return of financial-, natural- and social capital and a return of inspiration.

MOOC 1: A Business Approach to Sustainable Landscape Restoration

This massive open online course (MOOC) offers comprehensive knowledge on landscape degradation and landscape restoration, combining a natural sciences perspective with an economics and business perspective. The course is designed for business students and professionals as well as anyone with an interest in business-driven landscape restoration. The learners are introduced to tools that they can use in their professional lives when working in landscape restoration and land management. This seven-week course is open to all and free of charge on the Coursera platform. The MOOC is co-created by LRT and other ENABLE consortium members.

Teachers in the MOOC include professors and academic professionals of business, soil science, ecological restoration and agriculture, as well as researchers and practitioners in landscape restoration, sustainable land management and ecosystem service valuation. Click here to register for the course.

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MOOC 2: A Business Model Innovation for Sustainable Landscape Restoration

This is the second MOOC co-created by LRT and the other ENABLE consortium members. It builds upon ENABLE’s first MOOC, A Business Approach to Sustainable Landscape Restoration. The course is designed in three phases that move the participants from ideas towards the successful implementation of a new business model for sustainable landscape restoration with 4 returns: return of natural capital, return of social capital, return of inspiration and return of financial capital. Each step of the process is illustrated with three real-life cases of landscape restoration to show how the theory looks in practice. These cases are: a large-scale woodland restoration case in Iceland, a case about diversification of land use and cropping systems in Spain, and a case about the challenges of recovering from forest fires in Portugal. The course is eight-week long and is open to all and free of charge.

This course takes a partnership approach to large-scale landscape restoration, reflecting the interconnectedness of ecology, society and economy in landscape management. The teachers are professors, experts, researchers and practitioners. They introduce learners to concepts of sustainable business model innovations for landscape restoration, as well as to the three real-life cases. Click here to register for the course and read more about the course teachers.

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ENABLE is a strategic partnership, co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union. Its consortium partners are: Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University; Commonland; The Spanish National Research Council Soil and Water Conservation Research Group; Nova School of Business and Economics; and the GRÓ Land Restoration Training Programme.