Six-Month Training Programme

LRT offers an intensive six-month postgraduate training programme on ecological restoration and sustainable management of ecosystems, custom built for professionals in partner countries faced with severe land degradation. The overall goal of the programme is to train working professionals in developing countries in the methods and theories of sustainable land management and restoration of degraded land, and to strengthen their capacities to advance and implement those activities in their home countries.

Our vision is that graduates will be global experts on the principles of ecological restoration of degraded areas and sustainable land management; able to act on their knowledge and drive actions at different levels, from the local community to national policies.

The six-month training programme is held annually and generally runs from March to September. The programme is divided into two main parts. The first half of is dedicated to lectures, practical training, field visits, exercises and group work where the focus is on active participation of each fellow. The topics covered include, for example: drivers of degradation, basic soil and erosion processes, interaction of climate change and land degradation, restoration of ecological functions, environmental governance and land management planning, evaluation of restoration projects, communication and conflict management. 

In the second half of the training, the focus is on individual research work which is tailored to the academic and practical background and needs of the fellows and their institutions. The research work is completed by submitting a written report and delivering an oral presentation. Qualified research reports are published on the LRT website. 

The curriculum of the six-month training programme contains the following eight modules:

Module 1: Scientific methods and dissemination skills
Module 2: Course principles and frameworks
Module 3: Biophysical fundamentals of land management
Module 4: Sustainable land management (SLM) and restoration planning
Module 5: Implementation
Module 6: Evaluation and lessons learned
Module 7: Special topics that vary from one year to another, e.g. sessions by international guest lecturers
Module 8: Individual research project that the fellows work on throughout the major part of the training under the supervision of expert(s) 

The topics in the first six modules are organized according to the LRT project cycle framework. The project cycle is used as a framework for process management throughout the training sessions and the modules are strategically placed within the cycle. The first three modules provide the programme’s backbone, the basic knowledge and understanding needed to use the project cycle, which is the focus of modules four to six.

LRT project cycle framework

The aims of the six-month training programme are reached by emphasizing both the theoretical knowledge and understanding of land degradation and restoration processes and principles, and the process management needed to be able to bring about changes. By applying the project cycle as a process management framework in the LRT six-month training programme curriculum we link the science and practical aspects of land issues and project management. Furthermore, by doing a research project (Module 8) the fellows gain experience in applying and synthesizing knowledge, and critically analysing and summarizing topics related to land restoration and SLM, and come up with realistic recommendations and strategies.

The teaching and learning methods at LRT emphasise active participation of all fellows in an interactive setting. LRT is also committed to promoting gender equality by maintaining gender balance in the admission of fellows as well as providing a gender-sensitive learning environment.

After the six-month training, the participants should have:

  • comprehensive understanding of the issues that must be addressed to successfully manage and restore land.
  • knowledge and skills necessary to evaluate and interpret landscapes (land literacy)
  • understanding of socioeconomic drivers of land degradation, and the barriers that  prevent the mitigation of land degradation
  • knowledge and skills necessary to design and implement ecologically sound restoration of degraded landscapes
  • peoples skills and leadership skills necessary to do participatory project planning, implementation and monitoring
  • understanding of gender equality perspectives in the field of land restoration and sustainable land management