Ecosystem restoration & carbon Initiatives: A practical course in the Borneo rainforest

Ecosystem restoration & carbon Initiatives: A practical course in the Borneo rainforest

Join us for an unforgettable five-day training in the heart of Borneo’s Maliau Basin, also known as “The Lost World of Sabah,” and immerse yourself in the world of ecosystem restoration. The course includes a trip to INIKEA - a world-class lab that has been dedicated to ecosystem restoration for over 20 years and is still actively working towards this goal.

Ecosystem degradation has had a profound impact on biodiversity, human health, and economic well-being, with more than 75 per cent of the earth’s terrestrial areas substantially degraded. But we believe that there is hope. The UN has declared 2020-2030 as the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, providing an opportunity to revive the natural world that supports us all. Preferred by Nature is proud to be one of the Actors for this initiative.

This course will equip you with the knowledge and specific tools needed to support the global effort to restore ecosystems and mitigate climate change. Through a blend of classroom and field exercises in the Maliau Conservation Area and the INIKEA forest rehabilitation project by IKEA, you’ll learn about what is at stake and discover how healthy ecosystems can limit global warming.

Our course covers the Preferred by Nature’s Ecosystem Restoration Standard with international case studies from various ecosystems. It also explores the key aspects of Carbon projects as Nature-based solutions to climate change and how they connect to ecosystem restoration. You’ll gain valuable insights into the world of ecosystem restoration and discover how you can make a real difference in restoring the world’s ecosystems.

Join us for this immersive and inspiring training and learn how you can best play yours. With IKEA’s support and the stunning setting of the Maliau Basin, this is an opportunity not to be missed.

The training will be held for five days between 8-12 May 2023 in Maliau Basin Conservation Area, Malaysia. Also, there is an opportunity to stay after the training course and take an unforgettable 4 DAYS 3 NIGHTS Excursion “The Wonders of Maliau Basin” (the excursion is optional, you will find the details here). Review the Event Program including the Classroom Course Agenda and get in touch with us asap for more details.

Please note that the course is conducted in English, and we require participants to have sufficient language skills to fully engage in presentations, group exercises, discussions, and examinations.

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Course fee and discount options

The cost of participating in this exclusive training event is 2,450 EUR, excluding VAT and the Optional Excursion. The course fee covers tuition, training materials, meal (breakfast, coffee breaks, lunches, and dinners) during the course, logistics from and to the Airport (Kota Kinabalu (BKI) or Tawau (TWU), accommodation at Maliau Conservation Area, and small excursions during training days.

Discount options: We offer a special discount of 30 per cent for NGOs, 20x20 initiative, the Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration, partners on the UN Decade, the FAO Task Force on Ecosystem Restoration Best Practices, FSC Network Partners, and university/college staff/students (Code: NGO30). Only a single discount can be applied per participant. All discounts are calculated from the full course fee.

Accommodation and practical information

The training course venue is Maliau Basin Conservation Area. After registering, we will get in touch with you about travel logistics and requirements and provide information about accommodation possibilities.

Register for this course

We look forward to receiving your registration for the course, please complete the form on our website to secure your spot.

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