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Visit from the University of Leeds

Dr Stringer & Dr Quinn with the UNU-LRT fellows
Recently, UNU-LRT welcomed Dr Lindsay Stringer and Dr Claire Quinn from the University of Leeds in the UK. Dr Stringer gave a lecture at UNU-LRT on the economics of land degradation and sustainable land management. In her talk she introduced the ELD 6+1 step methodology and shared results from a cost-benefit study of sustainable land management uptake for individual farmers in Kenya. Her talk spurred lively discussions facilitated by both Dr Stringer and Dr Quinn. Read more

Linking migration, land degradation, and land restoration: potential for sustainable livelihoods.

The group behind the ENABLE workshop
UNU-LRT held a workshop at the Estoril Conferences last week together with its partners in the ENABLE consortium. The theme of the workshop was Linking migration, land degradation, and land restoration: potential for sustainable livelihoods. At the workshop, two former UNU-LRT fellows, Dr Bulgamaa Densambuu from Mongolia and Mr Moustapha Ibrahim from Niger, shared experiences on restoration work in their countries. In their talks they showcased the benefits land restoration brings to local communities, such as employment, food security and business opportunities. This improves the livelihoods and living condition of local people and reduces the need to migrate. Read more

Visit from Uganda – short course development

The short course curriculum development team
UNU-LRT will carry out a short course in Uganda in September this year with its Ugandan partner institutions, the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) and Makerere University. The short course will be on sustainable land management, land restoration and linkages with climate change. In mid-May, the Ugandan members of the curriculum development team visited Iceland to attend a working meeting with their counterparts from UNU-LRT, in order to develop the short course curriculum. Read more

MOOC on Landscape restoration for sustainable development: A business approach


UNU-LRT has created a massive open online course (MOOC) on Landscape restoration for sustainable development: A business approach, with its partners in the ENABLE partnership. The course will be launched on 1 May and will be open for all and free of charge. The course is designed for business students and professionals as well as anyone with an interest in business-driven landscape restoration. This is an exciting opportunity to spread the knowledge of how restoring degraded landscapes can return natural, social and financial capital that supports people’s livelihoods and wellbeing. For more information about the MOOC see this teaser video and flyer. Read more

New group of UNU-LRT fellows

The new group of fellows
UNU-LRT has received a new cohort of fellows for the 2017 six-month training programme. This year the fellows come from eight different countries: Mongolia (3 fellows) and Uzbekistan (1) in Central Asia and Ethiopia (1), Ghana (3), Lesotho (2), Malawi (1), Niger (1) and Uganda (2) in Africa, 10 men and four women. The UNU-LRT team looks forward to working with this vibrant group of fellows! Read more

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