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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

This is a listing of open online courses on environmental education. For specific details of the events, please follow the links provided.

Designing and Implementing Successful Water Supply and Sanitation Utility Reform
Summary: The objective of the program is to provide government officials, senior managers of utilities and technical staff with the knowledge, skills and tools for initiating and sustaining reform. This e-learning program, which consists of lessons, case studies and exercises, supports stakeholders to reform their water utility.
Application deadline: 16 March, 2015
Dates: 30 March 25 May, 2015
Coverage: Global audience
Organisers: The The World Bank .
Target Audience: Mid-level managers and technical specialists who are responsible for change in their organization.
Website: Designing and Implementing Successful Water Supply and Sanitation Utility Reform

Sustainable Agricultural Land Management Projects: Soil Carbon Monitoring
Sumamry: Climate-smart agriculture enhances food security and climate change resilience while mitigating climate change through carbon sequestration. This e-course, based on the new SALM carbon accounting methodology, presents how soil carbon is monitored and accounted in an agricultural land management project, how the SALM methodology is applied in Kenya, and how it benefits thousands of smallholder farmers by generating the triple wins as mentioned above.
It aims to equip learners with basic knowledge and skills in developing and monitoring an agricultural soil carbon project with easy-to-understand course contents and visual learning tools throughout the course.
Registration deadline: 20 April 2015
Course dates: 27 April 15 May 2015
Coverage: Global audience
Organisers: The World Bank
Target Audience: Practitioners who work on sustainable land management projects, agriculture development projects and those who are interested in carbon monitoring. The audience may be potential project developers, professionals and extension workers working in government, consultants from private sector, as well as educators and graduate students.
Platform: Online
Duration: 3 weeks
Website: Sustainable Agricultural Land Management Projects: Soil Carbon Monitoring

Climate-Smart Agriculture through Sustainable Land-Water Management
Providers: The The World Bank .
Summary: This course provides practical knowledge about how climate change is likely to impact agriculture, food production and security, and what actions can be taken to increase productivity, and build resilience to mitigate the negative impacts of climate change, as well as contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through practicing climate-smart agriculture, both in policies and practices
Application deadline: 18 March, 2015
Dates: 1 - 19 June, 2015
Coverage: Global audience
Organisers: The World Bank
Target Audience: Leaders, policy analysts, professionals and practitioners who work on agricultural production, land and agricultural water issues
Website: Climate-Smart Agriculture through Sustainable Land-Water Management

Options and pathways for action: Stakeholder Engagement
Summary: The course introduces approaches to identify options and pathways for action, methods to identify stakeholders, and how to establish a basis for initiating engagement and discussion. At the end of the course, participants will develop their own stakeholder engagement plan. This MOOC will help participants understand how to effectively engage with stakeholders, and address and remove barriers to the successful adoption of sustainable land management.
Dates: 5 May 29 June 2015
Coverage: Global audience
Organisers: The The Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative.
Website: Options and pathways for action: Stakeholder Engagement

Contemporary Issues in Ocean Governance (Ocean)
Summary: Learn about how the worlds oceans are regulated, protected and preserved.
Course starts on: 25 May 2015
Course ends on: 23June 2015
Coverage: Global audience
Modules: The course is composed of the following modules:

  • Module 1: Ocean Governance;

  • Module 2: Piracy;

  • Module 3: Marine Security;

  • Module 4: Fisheries and Biodiversity;

Organisers: The University of Wollongong .
Website: Contemporary Issues in Ocean Governance (Ocean)

Introduction to Water Diplomacy
Provider: United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
Summary: This course will raise awareness on the current state of freshwater resources worldwide and the need for adequate diplomatic solutions to stimulate cooperation around the way the resource is managed. It will provide knowledge resources, circumstantial experiences, and a cadre of tools to water-relevant stakeholders so as to enhance their ability to assess, prevent, and respond to the tensions arising from situations of water scarcity and mismanagement worldwide.
Dates: 9 November 6 December 2015
Coverage: Global audience
Website: Introduction to Water Diplomacy

Forest Monitoring with CLASlite
Provider: Carnegie Institution for Science (Department of Global Ecology)
Summary: The course seeks to assist governments, nongovernmental organizations, and academic institutions with high-resolution mapping and monitoring of forests with satellite imagery
English Website: Forest Monitoring with CLASlite
Spanish Website: Forest Monitoring with CLASlite

E-learning module for law enforcement officers on hazardous chemicals and wastes under the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
Provider: Interpol and the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions
Summary: The legal international trade in chemicals and wastes is an important part of the global economy, but it is crucial that this trade be effectively controlled. Protecting human health and the environment from the dangers of hazardous chemicals and wastes is a growing area of responsibility for enforcement officers. This tool will help them to meet their responsibilities to protect their countries, their peoples, and the global community.
Event focal point email: Secretariat
Website: E-learning module for law enforcement officers on hazardous chemicals and wastes

NAMAcademy E-learning Course - Module 2
Summary: The NAMACADEMY, launched by UNEP Ris Centre in collaboration with Technical University of Denmark, offers support to developing country professionals, in the form of courses and coaching to public sector officials, for the conceptualization of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions under the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change.The e-learning course is followed by a one week classroom course.
Focal point: Sren Lutken
Website: NAMAcademy Module 2

Disaster Waste Management: best practices and tools
Summary: The eLearning module seeks to provide humanitarian response staff, and local, national and regional government authorities with increased awareness and enhanced knowledge on disaster waste and management strategies to mitigate their environmental impact. Participants will be better prepared and more able to predict, identify, analyze and plan for the impacts of disaster waste in an emergency.
Website: Disaster Waste Management

Environment in Humanitarian Action
Summary: The eLearning module provides humanitarian actors with information on how to effectively integrate environmental issues into humanitarian response and early recovery strategies. The training highlights the key opportunities, misconceptions and challenges for mainstreaming environmental issues into humanitarian action.
Website: Environment in Humanitarian Action

Introduction to the Flash Environmental Assessment Tool
Summary: The eLearning module aims to equip environmental experts and international first responders to environmental emergencies with the necessary knowledge and tools to identify and analyse hazard risks caused by natural disasters.
Website: Flash Environmental Assessment Tool

Introduction to Industrial Accidents: prevention, preparedness and response
Summary: The module aims to raise awareness about industrial accidents in order to strengthen the capacity of government, industry and civil society.
Website: Introduction to Industrial Accidents