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Learn to use integrated landscapes to help achieve our world’s SDGs

Professional Certificate in
Sustainable and Inclusive Landscapes

What you will learn

  • Understand how landscapes are vibrant and dynamic multi-functional spaces in which competing claims on resources exist alongside interdependencies among sectors, ambitions and inhabitants
  • Develop leadership skills to mobilise resources and motivate stakeholders to achieve SDG-focused sustainable change
  • Gain critical insights and develop the skills to capitalize on investors motivation to invest and the need for innovative financing in landscapes
  • The knowledge and skills to design and implement effective landscape governance

We’re facing a number of complex and interrelated problems such as rising food prices, economic downturn, climate change, and increased competition on the use of natural resources.

Integrated landscape approaches have the power to help us solve these problems. They offer new insights and opportunities for sustainable development, but demand new skills and knowledge.

To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), diverse landscape stakeholders need to find a common ground and learn to understand plural and complex landscape issues, processes and perspectives.

Join this programme to understand what changes and skills are needed to make these changes and what your role in this should be. Thinking from a spatial perspective, this program focuses on the multi-functionality and cross-sector nature of landscapes.

In this Professional Certificate Programme you will learn about three major elements in landscape thinking:

  • Integrated Landscape Finance
  • Landscape Governance
  • Landscape Leadership

In doing so, you will learn that the application of landscape approaches to address complex developmental and environmental challenges requires a shift in mind-set, perspective and skillset.

The courses in this programme have been developed to enhance your ability to think beyond the sector and in a more integrated and transformative manner. The courses will equip you with the skills and tools needed to transform your landscapes.

The Sustainable and Inclusive Landscapes programme is developed and delivered by a network of globally active partners under the momentum and umbrella of the Global Landscapes Forum.

Expert instruction
3 skill-building courses
Progress at your own speed
3 months
1 - 3 hours per week
For the full program experience

Courses in this program

  1. WageningenX's Sustainable and Inclusive Landscapes Professional Certificate

  2. 1–3 hours per week, for 4 weeks

    Learn how to become a landscape leader! Get the skills to mobilise human resources, manage and resolve conflict and facilitate and motivate stakeholders to achieve SDG-focused sustainable change.

  3. 1–3 hours per week, for 4 weeks

    Finding local solutions to global challenges relies on collaboration & innovation. Equip yourself with the knowledge & skills to design and implement effective landscape governance that harnesses the power of place for sustainable landscape solutions.

  4. 1–3 hours per week, for 4 weeks

    Bridge the gap between finance and landscape! Learn to navigate the web of landscape financial flows, mechanisms and requirements toward developing cutting-edge business cases and models for sustainable development in landscapes.

    • Private sector companies are increasingly realizing the interconnectedness and dependency of their futures on the sustainability of their sourcing and production areas.
    • Concurrently, the demand for employees who can understand and assess necessary integration as well as design processes and strategies to secure sourcing and more sustainable business outlooks has increased.
    • Public research and developmental organisations are looking for employees who understand landscape approaches to address competing claims on natural resources, but also to secure sustainable sector transformation toward the achievement of the SDGs.
    • If you finish this programme, you’ll become part of the largest science-led platform on sustainable land use; you’ll join a community of over 25,000 Global Landscape Forum participants.
    • International and multilateral organisations such as the World Bank, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Environment Programme are all engaging in landscape approaches in their global programmes.

Meet your instructors

from Wageningen University & Research (WageningenX)
Assumpta Uzamukunda
Advisor landscape governance
Wageningen University & Research and SNV Netherlands Development Organisation Rwanda
James Mulkerrins
Knowledge Co-creation advisor, Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation
Wageningen University & Research
Seth Shames
Director, Policy and Markets @ EcoAgriculture Partners
EcoAgriculture Partners
Cora van Oosten
Learning Coordinator @ Global Landscapes Forum / Senior Programme Manager @ Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation
Wageningen University & Research
Pooja Munshi
Global Landscapes Forum
Gerhard Mulder
Oxylus Climate Advisors
Ilse Hennemann
Advisor Climate Change & Environmental Governance
Wageningen University & Research
Salina Abraham
Youth Leader Youth in Landscapes
Global Landscapes Forum | International Forestry Students’ Association

Experts from WageningenX committed to teaching online learning

Program endorsements

We attach great value to The Landscape Academy. We believe that any landscape professional, from consultants, green entrepreneurs and community leaders will benefit from this Professional Certificate programme. We would therefore welcome anyone who successfully finished the programme in our network.

John Colmey , Director of Communications, Outreach and Engagement, Center for International Forestry Research

The Landscape Academy is a joint initiative of CIFOR Center for International Forestry Research, the United Nations Environment Programme, and the Wageningen University to promote knowledge and experiences on landscape approaches aiming at sustainable agriculture production and other land uses, and at the conservation of natural resources and ecosystems. We believe that any landscape professionals, from consultants, green entrepreneurs and community leaders will benefit from this Professional Certificate programme.

Musonda Mumba , Chief Terrestrial Ecosystems Unit, United Nations Environment Programme.

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