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Join the ELD MOOC Summer School! See how ELD works in practice!

The ELD MOOC is back! We have an exciting five-week programme from August 13 to September 10, 2014. This entails a series of webinars that will detail: case studies, actions undertaken by our partners, and complementary capacity building initiatives. The webinars allow you to directly interact with our experts and discover how economic analyses can be translated into practical action.

Soil Counts-Preserve it!  

Live Sessions: All sessions at 12:00 pm UTC

Week Speaker Topic
1
Aug, 13 
Robert Costanza, Australian National University Recording: Changes in the global value of ecosystem services
2
Aug, 20
Nicola Favretto,
University of Leeds
Recording: Trade –offs between different land uses in Southern Africa and Presentation Favretto 
3
Aug, 27
Louise Baker,
UNCCD
ELD as part of the UNCCD Soil Leadership Academy, Recording and Presentation Slides
4
Sept, 3
Varun Vats,
Syngenta
How businesses can conserve the soil (Due to technical issues, the session had to be terminated. A recorded version will soon be out).
5
Sept, 10 
Andreas Lange,
GIZ
Ecosystem Services in land use planning and policy recommendations. Examples from the Philippines. Join here

We are looking forward to this exciting series of webinars to learn more about sustainable land use and engage in fruitful discussions with you.

The ELD summer school purely consists of five individual webinars. The completion of the first ELD MOOC is no prerequisite and we welcome both, new and experienced participants. As always, the course remains entirely free of charge!

Register now for the webinars and our weekly newsletter!

Practitioner's Guide

The ELD Initiative practitioner’s guide to economic valuation and cost-benefit analysis should be released soon. It will contain detailed step-by-step instructions and examples from the first ELD MOOC (March-May 2014). This will help you use economics to build up cases convincing policy and business partners of the economic benefits of adopting sustainable land management practices, while protecting of one of our most valuable resources: fertile soil.

 

About the MOOC:

MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course, a recent trend in e-education enabling an unlimited amount of users to freely access academic material online. Besides traditional learning materials MOOCs provide the opportunity for interactive learning and community building in forums, live sessions and online discussions.

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Recordings of all webinar will also be available on our You Tube Channel.

Join our trip around the world and watch the impressive results from the first ELD-MOOC.

 

The Finalists are:

  • Team Land Management India: "Drylands of Ramanathapuram District, Tamilnadu"
  • Team Economia de los Recursos Naturales en Mexico: "El Salto in the State of Durango"
  • Team Lake Victoria's Ecosystem: Lake Victoria in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania
  • Team Culture and Environment: Brown State National Park, USA
  • Team Desertification, Land Degradation, Drought: Draa Valley, Morocco

Now, we are looking forward to hearing these presentations . Please take the opportunity to learn more from your fellow coursemates and friends in the ELD Community and say goodbye.

Certificates

The Certificates have been sent to all participants who have fulfilled the assignments. Congratulations!

Survey

Many of you told us about themselves in the intake survey. We would like you to take the time and tell us more about your MOOC experience. The survey will be sent out next week.

What's next? 

This MOOC has helped to develop a close-knit community of practitioners and academics: a network of people that we would like to see expand over time. The website will still be accessible after the course comes to an end, so feel free to keep in touch with your friends and colleagues. You will be able to access all of the course material so that you're able to revisit the themes explored during the MOOC. We are also planning to send out a publication that contains some of your final projects. This Fall, the ELD initiative will release a few new publications and activities in preparation for 2015, the International Year of Soil. The ELD initiative will offer new innovative educational programs in cooperation with partner institutions.

In order to develop programs that are perfectly suited to your needs, please give us your feedback. We welcome all suggestions! You can post your feedback in the>Forum>Weeks>What's next?

Do you want to stay current on the latest ELD projects, initiatives, and e-learning activities? Then check out the ELD Website, follow us on Linkedin and twitter, and log in to the MOOC platform.

This week, you'll be handing in your final project. 30 teams submitted the last assignment, showing extremely high engagement and dedication to the MOOC. Most of you have already started working on the final presentation. Please note: the assignment is due on May 9, 2014. See more here >Contents

Live-Events
Last week, Dr. Thomas Falk made a fascinating presentation on the Future Okavango. Download the slides here.

This week, we are happy to have Louise Baker of the UNCCD as our guest speaker. She will be discussing her experiences as the UNCCD Senior Advisor for Partnership Building and Resource Mobilization. > Join here

What's next?

This MOOC has helped to develop a close-knit community of practitioners and academics: a network of people that we would like to see expand over time. The website will still be accessible after the course comes to an end, so feel free to keep in touch with your friends and colleagues. You will be able to access all of the course material so that you're able to revisit the themes explored during the MOOC. We are also planning to send out a publication that contains some of your final projects. This Fall, the ELD initiative will release a few new publications and activities in preparation for 2015, the International Year of Soil. The ELD initiative will offer new innovative educational programs in cooperation with partner institutions.

In order to develop programs that are perfectly suited to your needs, please give us your feedback. We welcome all suggestions! You can post your feedback in the>Forum>Weeks>What's next?

Do you want to stay current on the latest ELD projects, initiatives, and e-learning activities? Then check out the ELD Website, follow us on Linkedin and twitter, and log in to the MOOC platform.

Now that we're in the final weeks of our MOOC, we will start preparing for the final project. Many teams have submitted Assignment 5. We will make sure that you will receive your feedback as soon as possible.

Final Project
Your Final Project includes a cost-benefit-analysis and your choice of scenario. Get ready to present your case study! Please note: The assignment is due on May 9, 2014. More >Contents

Live-Events

This week, we are looking forward to Dr. Thomas Falk's talk. He'll be sharing his experiences on The Future Okavango. Join here

ELD Platform

We have received some initial contributions regarding material for the ELD initiative platform with information on land degradation. Please share more of such presentations, data sheets, etc. at science@eld-initiative.org.

You have started using the research plan and asking stakeholders about their interests. This week you will continue your research.

Live-Events
This week, Dr. Ida Kubiszewski, Australian National University, will be sharing her experiences on public policy and ELD. Join here

Assignments
You will continue your research by collecting data among your stakeholders or fellow course mates. See more here>Contents.This assignment is due on April 26, 2014.

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The next step in a cost-benefit-analysis is research! You will carry out the research that you have planned for by asking stakeholders (or your fellow coursemates) what they want and need. 

Assignments
You will conduct your research by collecting data with demand or non-demand methods. See more here>Contents.This assignment is due on April 26, 2014.

Forum
Please check out the forum and share your thoughts on Ethical Valuation of Ecosystem Services, Climate Change Considerations in Land Use Planning, and Genetically Modified Food. >Forum

Live-Events
This week, Dr. Richard Thomas of the United Nations University, Institute for Water, Health and Environment will be sharing his experiences in participatory valuation methods. Join here

Last week, we had the pleasure listening to Dr. Daniel Plugge, University of Hamburg, Institute of World Forestry discuss an ELD project in Madagascar. The recording will be out shortly.

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Develop a Research Plan
We have started working towards a cost-benefit-analysis.

Last week, you developed new scenarios for your ecosystems. This week, we will explore how this scenario relates to business-as-usual (a.k.a. the existing scenario). Therefore, you will be required to develop a rough research plan.  We are aware that some evaluation methods require deep statistical and procedural knowledge for data evaluation. This will not be expected of you in this course.

The Case of Ethiopia

Live-Events
This week, we are looking forward to Dr. Daniel Plugge's, University of Hamburg, Institute of World Forestry, discussion on participatory valuation methods in a Madagascar forestation project. Join here

Forum
Please check out the forum and share your ideas! We want to hear about how you feel about the "Effect of Farm Size on Sustainable Land Management" or "Tillage as the root cause of agricultural land degradation". >Forum

Assignments
You will be required to develop a rough research plan. We have prepared a Practitioner's Guide to help you define a suitable method and set up a plan. See more in the Section >Contents. The assignment is due on April 12, 2014.

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During the first few weeks of the course, we looked at ecosystem services and considered the various valuation methods. Now, it is time to put those theories into practice. Throughout the next few weeks, you will generate a cost-benefit-analysis of your ecosystem case-study that compares the existing situation with a new potential scenario. 

Copyright: GIZ, Photo: Robert Heine

Assignments

Assignment 4 gives you the opportunity to develop a new scenario for your ecosystem. The scenario must have two goals: it must prevent land degradation (or improve the quality of the land) and it must better the livelihood of the poorer stakeholders. Find out more in the >Contents section. This team assignment is due on April 12.

We have reviewed your second assignment submissions. Feedback will be posted on Tuesday in your team's section.

Live-Events

You will find the recorded live events in each week's content section.

Join us at our next live-event, April 2, 2014 at 3.30 pm CET with Prof. Dr. Hans Hurni, University of Bern. He will explain how to do a cost-benefit-analysis using the case of the Ethiopian Highlands.  More

Last week, we had a lively exchange with Hannes Etter who introduced us to three different valuation methods using case-studies from Namibia, Kenya and Spain. The recordings and his powerpoint presentation are now available online: More

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Economics provides us with the methods we need to value ecosystem services. They have varied approaches: some measure using replacement or repair costs while others refer to personal preference (what people both say and demonstrate). Benefit Transfer draws from other cases to make a comparison. This week, we will be exploring evaluation methods and their effectiveness.

Assignment

We are continuing with Assignment 3, evaluating the economist's toolbox. Find out more in the >Contents section. The team assignment is due on March 29.

Glossary

The ELD Initiative just published a glossary with key terms referring to the Economics of Land Degradation. Also available is an annotated Glossary Combating Desertification. See more here.

Live Events
Join us for our next live-event, March 26, 2014 at 3.30 pm CET (your local time) with Hannes Etter, Scientific Expert  Specialist, ELD Initiative.  He'll introduce you to three case studies in which different valuation methods have been used: More

The recording from the last event on the private sector with Sarah Odera will soon be available. Meanwhile, download the presentation here.

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La sierra de Tepehuanes se localiza en la parte noroeste del estado de durango; en el corazón de la sierra madre occidental, esta ubicación brinda a su topografía una diversa gama de escenarios o diferentes fisiografías, desde llanos, mesetas, cañadas y barrancas; por consiguiente se encuentran varios tipos de clima que van desde los semiaridos, templados y cálidos. En la sierra de tepehuanes se conforma principalmente de bosques de pino, aunque también se encuentran bosques de pino-encino, bosques de galería, pastizales, selva baja caducifolia y áreas de agricultura de temporal. La principal actividad económica en la región es el aprovechamiento de los recursos maderables, la extracción de recursos minerales, la ganadería extensiva, la agricultura de autoconsumo en la región, incentivos de gobierno por la provisión de servicios ambientales hidrológicos y de biodiversidad y el aprovechamiento de fauna silvestre. La tenencia de la tierra en la sierra de tepehuanes como en la mayor parte de la superficie de México, es de propiedad ejidal o comunal, lo que genera incertidumbre en el manejo y aprovechamiento de los recursos naturales, ademas de generar nuevos esquemas de posesión de la tierra y por consiguiente del aprovechamiento de los recursos naturales; es decir; el que tiene mayor recurso económico puede poseer mayores extensiones de suelo.