Module two focuses on the restoration of agricultural ecosystems. After taking this module, you will be able to explain the techniques used in four different agricultural ecosystem restoration projects and methods from around the world.
You will be able to list several causes of land degradation (social, political, economic, ecological reasons), experienced by practitioners who have worked on these projects and with these methods. You will learn about the techniques they used to restore these agri-ecosystems, such as agroforestry, holistic grazing, regenerative ocean agriculture and permaculture.
After taking this module you will be able to explain the basics of these techniques for restoring land, discussing specific case studies. You will be able to compare the differences between agroforestry and other techniques used.
You will be able to analyse why restoration of agricultural land is not happening at the speed and scale needed, and what can be done to overcome these barriers.
You should then be able to take these learnings and apply them to your own restoration design.
The four teachers in this module are Patrick Worms from the World Agroforestry Centre, who will be teaching you about how agroforestry can be used to restore degraded landscapes and economies around the world. Rhamis Kent from the Permaculture Research Institute, will be sharing his story about how permaculture is being used to revive arid landscapes in Jordan. Precious Phiri from the Savoury Institute will be teaching you about how to restore landscapes using holistic grazing, and Joost Wouters from the Seaweed Company will be teaching you about powers of regenerative ocean agriculture. Each teacher teaches one lesson, with one lesson per week for the month.