Despite noting that important progress has been made, the 2012 Millennium Development Goals Report recognizes that societal and ecological imbalances still cast an ominous shadow over our future. In the words of Mathis Wackernagel, Global Footprint Network President:
“Climate change is not the problem. Erosion, water scarcity, desertification and overfishing are also not. These are all just symptoms of a dominant theme: We are demanding more than the Earth can sustainably provide,”
This course in Natural Resources Management for Sustainable Development relates the challenges we face locally to a global context in which effective management is the cornerstone to humanity’s survival.
Target Group and Entry Profile
The course is intended for Danida partners who work with natural resources management in a development context. Diversity will be sought in terms of gender balance, countries, sectors, and institutions. Participants will be engaged in the learning process and will also be selected on the basis of their potential to bring about change through their jobs.
Participants must be involved in Danida-supported development cooperation activities and may be from government institutions, or members/staff of NGOs or private companies. A good working knowledge of English is required.
The development objective of the course is that Natural Resources Management for Sustainable Development be integrated into core institutional thinking, policies and decision-making.
The immediate objective of the course is that individuals and institutions involved in natural resources management integrate sustainable development principles in all phases of the programming or project cycles (planning, implementation and review).
The root causes of problems associated with Natural Resources Management will be analyzed, contrasting global and local views, drawing on experiences from Denmark and the participants’ own countries. Lectures will be supplemented by field trips and group work. Early in the course participants will give presentations on their NRM challenges and “best practice” experiences. The course output for each participant will be a plan for introducing best practices to their respective jobs. Each participant will be assigned a mentor to assist her or him individually.
The course is structured around the following three principles:
- To critically analyze natural resources management issues from the perspective of sustainable development
- To introduce a wide range of best practices and how to promote these through their jobs
- To work with trends, networking, and resources for sustainable natural resources management
The course is co-funded by the Danida Fellowship Programme. Programmes/projects will be charged DKK 2,500 per participant per study week, hence DKK 7,500 per participant for the entire course. This will cover all expenses, namely study fees, air-ticket, accommodation, personal allowances, insurances, etc.
Place of Study
Training will be provided in Copenhagen, Denmark by Nordeco and NIRAS, two Danish consulting companies. See www.nordeco.dk and www.niras.com for additional information.
The full course schedule can be seen here.