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Online course

ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION
DESIGN

  • START DATE: 18 January 2021
  • DURATION: 6 months
  • COMMITMENT: 5 - 10 hrs per week
  • LOCATION: online
  • LANGUAGE: English
  • LEVEL: open to all

About this course

Explore the inner workings of some of the world’s most inspiring ecosystem restoration projects and techniques, and use this knowledge to create a plan for how to restore an ecosystem close to your heart.
You will learn from 16 ecosystem restoration practitioners and cover a range of topics about natural ecosystem restoration, agricultural, urban, and ecosystem restoration business models. In the end of the course you will develop your own restoration plan for an ecosystem of your choice.

Skills you will learn

  • Naming several causes of degradation (social, political, economic, ecological reasons) to various ecosystems in multiple biomes around the world
  • Describing how these causes of degradation arise
  • Explaining different techniques for restoring ecosystems in different biomes
  • Analysing why the restoration of ecosystems is not happening at the speed and scale needed
  • Evaluating ideas for how to overcome these barriers
  • Developing a basic restoration plan to restore an ecosystem close to your heart/home

Syllabus

Depending on your participation in this course, whether for a specific module or for the entirety of the course offerings, the following topics will be covered:
  • Presenter: John D. Liu, Ecosystem Restoration Camps

       Start date: 18 January 2021

  • Week 1: Restoring Temperate Forests
    • Presenter: Allan Watson Featherstone, Trees For Life
  • Week 2: Restoring Tropical Forests
    • Presenter: John Button
  • Week 3: Restoring Deserts
    • Presenter: Neal Spackman, Al Baydha
  • Week 4: Restoring Oceans
    • Presenter: Celia Gregory, Marine Foundation

       Module 1 start date: 1 February 2021

  • Week 5: Restoring Degraded Land with Agroforestry
    • Presenter: Patrick Worms, World Agroforestry Centre
  • Week 6: Restoring Grasslands Through Holistic Grazing
    • Presenter: Precious Phiri, Savory Institute
  • Week 7: Restoring Arid Land with Permaculture
    • Presenter: Rhamis Kent, Permaculture Research Institute
  • Week 8: Regenerating the Ocean with Seaweed Farming
    • Presenter: Joost Wouters, The Seaweed Company

      Module 2 start date: 15 March 2021

  • Week 9: Restoring Urban Waterways
    • Presenter: Lisa Shaw, Biomatrix Water
  • Week 10: Rewilding Urban Land With Tiny Forests
    • Presenter: Daan Bleichrocht, IVN
  • Week 11: Urban Regenerative Food Growing & Community Building
    • Presenter: Rishi Kumar, Kiss the Ground
  • Week 12: Regenerative Settlements
    • Presenter: Daniel Valdiviezo, Navi Village

      Module 3 start date: 26 April 2021

  • Week 13: Introduction to Regenerative Business Models – Commonland
    • Presenter: Simon Moolenaar, Commonland
  • Week 14: Old Tree – a Regenerative Business Case Study
    • Presenter: Thomas O’Daniel, Old Tree
  • Week 15: Tree Range Chicken – a Regenerative Business Case Study
    • Presenter: Wil Crombie, Tree Range Chicken
  • Week 16: Business Models to Support Ecosystem Restoration Camps
    • Presenter: Ashleigh Brown, Ecosystem Restoration Camps

      Module 4 start date: 7 June 2021

  • Presenter: Oliver Goshey, Ecosystem Restoration Camps 

       Module 5 start date: 17 July 2021

Instructors

Learn from the experiences of world class practitioners such as Alan Watson Featherstone from Trees for Life, Neal Spackman from the Al Bayda Project, and Simon Moolenaar from the Commonland Foundation.

JOHN D. LIU

Ecologist, soil scientist, film maker, and the visionary behind the ERC movement. He now works with the Commonland Foundation and ERC to promoting ecosystem restoration as a solution to many of the world's pressing problems.
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ALAN WATSON FEATHERSTONE

Ecologist, nature photographer and inspirational public speaker. He founded the award-winning Scottish conservation charity, Trees for Life, and Restoring the Earth project.
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JOHN BUTTON

Worked in the field of Permaculture for over 35 years as a designer, teacher, consultant and co-ordinator of projects, acquiring an experience as varied as the climatic types and cultures with which he had to been involved.
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NEAL SPACKMAN

Permaculture designer and entrepreneur. In 2010, Neal Co-Founded the Al-Baydha Project in Saudi Arabia. he Co-Founded the Regenerative Resources Corporation, dedicated to transforming degraded landscapes.
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CELIA GREGORY

Artist and environmentalist with over 20 years experience implementing a wide variety of creative projects. Passion for marine life led her to founding The Marine Foundation, an international eco arts organization.
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PATRICK WORMS

Member of the Advisory Council at the World Agroforestry Centre. He represents the world’s premier research institution devoted to the study of the roles of trees in agricultural landscapes to policy makers in Brussels in Europe.
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PRECIOUS PHIRI

Member of the Regeneration International (RI) steering committee and serves as RI’s Africa coordinator. She founded EarthWisdom network After leaving her nine-year career with Savory hub in Zimbabwe.
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RHAMIS KENT

Consultant with formal training in permaculture-based systems design. He is also a co-director of the Permaculture Research Institute, member of Permaculture Sustainable Consulting and Supervisory Board of ERC.
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JOOST WOUTERS

Entrepreneur, speaker, author and the CEO of the Seaweed Company. In this role, he and his team aim to implement CO2-reducing seaweed-based business models at large scale.
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LISA SHAW

Artist, designer and educator. She explores the interplay between art, nature and technology. As a founding partner and the art director of Biomatrix Water she has brought beauty and creativity into restorative design.
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DAAN BLEICHRODT

Chief Tree Planting Officer at IVN and leads the Tiny Forest program in the Netherlands. The mission of IVN is to reconnect people to nature. Tiny Forest is one of their programs, aiming to restore 250 small, native woodlands in cities before 2022.
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RISHI KUMAR

Small-scale farmer, sustainability educator, and consultant. He operates Sarvodaya Farms in Pomona, CA and works with Kiss the Ground to promote regenerative gardening and agriculture.
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DANIEL VALDIVIEZO

Ecosystem Restoration Developer and Biomimicry Designer. Combines design thinking, consciousness, and an inclusive viewpoint. He is the Co-creator of Navi Village, the first regenerative community in Mexico.
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SIMON MOOLENAAR

Researcher, consultant, project and program manager with expertise in sustainable soil and land management. Head of Science and Education at Commonland where he set up the Academy for Business & Landscapes.
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THOMAS DANIEL

Botanical brewer and compost maker, founder of Old Tree botanical brewery. 12 years of experience in environmental activism, from climate camp to community garden projects and permaculture to ecosystem restoration.
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WIL CROMBIE

Specializes in filmmaking, design & web marketing. Wil Crombie, a Tree-Range™ Chicken producer and co-owner of Regeneration Farms, a company that is returning chickens to the forest.
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OLIVER GOSHEY

An accomplished ecosystem regeneration advisor who has worked in eleven countries across six continents. He runs the Abundant Edge podcast, and is the ERC’s Restoration advisor.
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ASHLEIGH BROWN

Ashleigh Brown is the co-founder and Camp Coordinator of ERC. She has worked with educational and government institutions across Asia and Africa. She lived at the first ERC camp in Spain for a year.
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Costs & Enrolment Options

  • Full course price £810
  • Super Early Bird 20% £648

    Available until September 30, 2020 - Use discount code G-ERC202120 at check out

  • Early Bird 15% £689

    Available until November 30, 2020 - Use discount code G-ERC202115 at check out

  • Individual module £180

    Individual modules can be selected (minimum 3 modules)

FAQs

This course is different because it covers a much broader number of topics (16 in total), and involves 16 teachers, rather than one or two. We don’t have the resources to invest in creating this course without it being something people pay for, and we couldn’t have gotten buy in from the teachers without paying them for their time.

Our course covers the basics of a broad range of ecosystem restoration and regenerative agriculture techniques. Each lesson teaches you a range of techniques that that particular teacher has used in their own restoration project. There is then a host of additional learning materials that you can delve into if you want to go more in depth.

There is a facilitator with you that supports you through the course. The course takes 6 months to complete, with one module lasting one month, and each lesson (4 per month), each week. Each lesson lasts an hour, and then whatever time you want to spend on doing the extra reading. Module 1 will run from May 15th – June 25th, M2, June 20th – July 20th, M3, July 25th – August 25th, M4, July 30th – August 30th, and M5 – September 5th – November 5th.

Your finances go to paying the course teachers for their time and expertise, and then once they’ve been paid, directly to the movement to support the camps with what they need. The true value of the course is that you get to learn from the world’s best ecosystem restoration practitioners, direct from their personal experiences of restoring every single type of landscape there is.
Your financial contributions to this course will also support our ecosystem restoration camps around the world to continue restoring their landscapes, economies and communities.

All of the lessons are prerecorded, so you can take the course from anywhere in the world, no matter the timezone.

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