Ecological Restoration in Climate Scale

Ecological Restoration is a process of intentionally repairing and rehabilitating the intrinsic functions and self-meaning of damaged ecosystems, with the goal of restoring their ecological functionality and biodiversity. It has become increasingly important in recent years due to the growing awareness of the impacts of human activity on the environment, including the effects of climate change, and the urgent need to mitigate and adapt to these changes. In various countries and regions of the planet, efforts are being made to address the problem of climate change by restoring biodiverse and native forests in large scale, as forests are one of the most effective ways to regulate our relationship with the atmosphere in a healthier way. To meet the demand for education and training in Ecological Restoration, we present the comprehensive workshop “Ecological Restoration in Climate Scale” for individuals and groups who want to deepen their understanding and skillset of the subject to become leaders in the field.

The 120-hour course covers a wide range of topics, including the principles of ecological restoration, ecosystem structure and function, biodiversity conservation, circular and solidarity economy, participative methodologies, atmospheric circulation, biotic pumps and small water cycles, regional networks and climate change troubleshooting. Pratictioners will also review fundamental concepts and best practices about plant and animal interactions, soil health and soil building, terra preta, water management, and community involvement in restoration projects. The course emphasizes a holistic approach to learning, incorporating integral visions of human beings in convergence with the evolving environment while exploring the psychology of learning and the art of teaching.

Participants in the course will be incentivized to to share their hands-on fieldwork and to do design-specific deployment, understanding key factors of pricing in ecological restoration projects and how to set them, as well as involving communities on evaluating and developing commerce strategies in short circuits and fair trade for non-timber products of their managed ecosystems.

The topics and subtopics of the course include the following:

  • Introduction, Course Overview, and On-Site Orientation
  • Principles of Ecological Restoration
  • Learning Patterns from Traditional Cultures
  • Energy Flow
  • Patterns 1 – Presentation
  • Patterns 2 – Finding Patterns
  • Basic Ecology
  • The Inseparable Cycles of Homeostasis, Resilience, Autopoiesis, and Self-Organization
  • Entropy, Negentropy, and Dissipative Structures
  • Water in the Landscape
  • Soil and the Pathways Through Time
  • Plants and Fungi
  • Plants, Soils, and Water 1
  • Stratification, Succession and Structure of Ecosystems
  • Soil Formation and Soil Building
  • Reading the Site and Landscape
  • Making Soil – Practice
  • Design Patterns
  • Design Methods
  • Design Tools
  • Tools and Management in Rural Life
  • Design Practice and Exercises (immediate scale)
  • Design Exercises Ahead (neighborhood scale)
  • Design Exercises Forward (watershed and territorial scale)
  • Energy Resources and Conservation
  • Culture and Society in Deep Ecology
  • Economics and Justice in a Possible World
  • Marketing of Ecological Restoration Products and Services
  • Tools for Consumers, Farmers, and Intermediaries
  • Participative Methodologies and Tools
  • Community Involvement Tools
  • Climate and Biomes
  • Microclimatology
  • Microclimates and Ecosystems
  • Plants, Soils, Water 2
  • Forests and Ways of Life
  • Design Exercises Inward
  • Water Systems – Cycle and Recycle
  • Community Involvement and Learning of Ways of Life
  • Succession and Structure of Living Systems
  • Landscape Reading
  • Climate, Forest, Soil, Landscape, Rainmaking
  • Small Water Cycles
  • Atmospheric Circulation and Biotic Pumps
  • Climate Design
  • Gardens, Edible Landscapes, and Accessible Food
  • Holistic, Integrated Farming and Prospective
  • Neighborhood and Beloved Dwellers
  • Life in the Countryside
  • Live and Let Live
  • Integral Visions of Human Beings in Harmonic Convergence
  • Practical Work: Designing a Farm and Beyond
  • Practical Work: Understanding Design 1 and 2
  • Practical Work: Iterating Design Processes
  • Presentation and Celebration