Knowledge-sharing for change
In an effort to meet the growing demand for landscape restoration expertise, educators from Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand gathered for two knowledge sharing workshops. These events shed light on the current state of natural resources management education and explored avenues for regional cooperation.
The first workshop on 17-19 October 2022, online, focused on identifying restoration-relevant competences covered by existing natural resources management curricula and other necessary competences that could be further developed through curriculum revisions, dedicated restoration courses, practical on-site teaching, and strengthened collaboration with restoration implementing agencies.
There is an increasing demand for knowledge and expertise in landscape restoration
Following the virtual workshop, educators convened in Dehradun, India, in March 2023. This time, attendees shared examples of field training and outdoor learning sites, such as the Myanmar Forest School Training Forest, which develops traditional forest management skills and investigates indigenous tree species and their biodiversity.
Participants jointly developed a work plan to strengthen collaboration on restoration education that was included in this workshop report.
The series of workshops were organized by the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education and the Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy in collaboration with IUFRO’s Special Programme for Development of Capacities (SPDC), Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) and Wageningen University & Research. The events received support from the Republic of Korea’s National Institute of Forest Science, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and U.S. Forest Service.