New MOOC on Ecosystem Services

We are pleased to announcing a new MOOC on Ecosystem Services on the Coursera platform, produced by the University of Geneva, the Geneva Water Hub, the Luc Hoffmann Institute and the Natural Capital Project.

Is this course for me? This MOOC is for anybody interested in mastering the strengths and weaknesses of the Ecosystem Services concept as a tool for promoting sustainable development. Subjects covered will be both technical (methods for valuation, data acquisition, etc.) and socio-political (how to mainstream the process, ethics, criticism of method, etc.). Watch an introductory video (3min) to get a feel for the course content and philosophy.

Who are the instructors? Learners will hear from many of the field’s leading minds. The course is taught by three primary instructors and by 29 guest instructors and interviewees coming from many of the key institutions (the Natural Capital Project, WWF, IUCN, IPBES, TEEB, Luc Hoffmann Institute) and Universities.  Learners can expect to hear multiple contrasting opinions. See the full syllabus and list of instructors on the course page.

When is the course offered? This course is offered “on-demand”. In practice, the class has cohorts that are formed on a regular basis and you can take as much time as necessary to complete the course (2-5 hours for 5 weeks is a rough estimate). The first cohort begins February 2nd 2017.

What will it cost? Access to all course materials is free. To obtain a certificate of completion costs 49 USD. Financial aid is available (see FAQs on bottom of the course page).

Where can I sign up? Here, or type “ecosystem services” on the Coursera website.

Please distribute further if appropriate.

Martin Schlaepfer, Juliet Fall and Anthony Lehmann

3 février 2017

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