New MOOC: land management and business as a force for good

Business leaders can learn how to create successful businesses alongside the restoration of degraded landscapes with a new online course from a consortium led by Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). The programme teaches theory and techniques, and will be available via the Coursera platform from Monday, 1 May 2017.

This MOOC (massive online open course) covers the natural science perspective of landscape degradation and restoration – including biology and ecology – as well as the economic and business perspective.

Business-driven landscape restoration

Business-driven landscape restoration needs to be urgently scaled-up and accelerated in order to reach the Sustainable Development Goal on Land Degradation Neutrality (SDG 15.3). “Integrated landscape management and large-scale landscape restoration should be in every company’s business strategy,” says Eva Rood, leader of the ENABLE consortium. “This requires business professionals with a vision, the right knowledge and skills. To make this happen and effect real change, it is essential to train the next generation of business leaders and developers in such a way that they acknowledge business’ interdependency with healthy landscapes and understand the value of ecosystem resources.”

The free-to-complete course is one of several channels through which business students and professionals involved in land management can learn about business-driven landscape restoration. Participants will learn new knowledge from academics and experts including Dr Johann Thorsson from Soil Conservation Service of Iceland; Dr Nicola Favretto from the School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds; Dr Simon Moolenaar from the Commonland Foundation, Prof. Asa L. Aradottir from the Agricultural University of Iceland; and RSM’s Prof. Rob van Tulder and Dr Steve Kennedy.

The MOOC makes use of a real-life business case based on a landscape restoration project already underway. It enables participants to deepen their understanding of theories and frameworks as well as applying tools and methods. The aim is to develop a creative business solution to a particular land restoration project.


The European Network for the Advancement of Business and Landscape Education (ENABLE) is a partnership based at RSM that develops education on integrated landscape management based on sustainable business models. The MOOC has been established through the ENABLE Project, a strategic partnership of renowned partners including academic partners, private businesses, the public sector, and NGOs. ENABLE is co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.

ENABLE is a response from calls to action from policy makers, business leaders and universities for high-quality European education on land degradation and the large-scale, multi-partner response required to counter landscape degradation.

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Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of Europe’s top 10 business schools. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam – a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who can become a force for positive change by carrying their innovative mindset into a sustainable future. Our first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes encourage them to become critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers and doers. Study information and activities for future students, executives and alumni are also organised from the RSM office in Chengdu, China.

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