The Yale-based Environmental Leadership and Training Initiative
this summer will launch an online certificate program that allows professionals from across the tropical world to access Yale’s faculty, training materials, and networks.
Applications for the program, “Tropical Forest Landscapes: Conservation, Restoration and Sustainable Use
,” are being accepted through April 15.
The one-year program will enable participants learn to design, implement, and monitor effective forest conservation and restoration initiatives.
The program is described in a new video produced by the School. Watch here
The “Tropical Forest Landscapes” program — which is aimed for professionals working on forest conservation or restoration projects in the tropical world — builds on the School’s and ELTI’s extensive training experience and networks throughout the tropical world.
Over the past 12 years, ELTI has implemented 150 courses reaching nearly 7,000 environmental leaders from more than 75 countries. These initiatives include a model online training program, offered in five languages, that has reached a wide range of professionals working in countries across the world.
But while those online short courses typically cover only six weeks, this program will enable participants to take four eight-week courses over a year, in addition to an optional one-week field course.
“This certificate program is a very unique opportunity,” said Eva Garen
, director and principal investigator for ELTI. “It combines ELTI’s decade of training and leadership experience with the extensive and world-renowned research and teaching experience of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.”
The program is one of three pilot certificate initiatives campus-wide that have received support from the Yale Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning
. Another, “Financing and Deploying Clean Energy
,” is being developed by the Yale Center for Business and the Environment, to accelerate the uptake of clean energy by building workforce capacity in the areas of policy, finance, and technology.
The third initiative, an 18-week program created by the Yale School of Public Health, shares tools on the health impacts of climate change.