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UN Environment's new Massive Open Online Course: The Ecosystem Approach and Systems Thinking

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UN Environment's new Massive Open Online Course: The Ecosystem Approach and Systems Thinking

UN Environment, in partnership with Concordia University in Montreal, will be offering a Massive Open Online Course entitled “Wicked Problems, Dynamic Solutions: The Ecosystem Approach and Systems Thinking” from 12 September - 28 October 2016.

Many problems we face today involve interdependent structures, multiple actors and various systems. They cannot be solved in isolation. Systems thinking, inspired in part by the complex dynamics of ecosystems, allows us to see interrelated parts as a whole, and to comprehend system behavior and dynamic patterns. This Massive Open Online Course aims to introduce the ecosystem approach and systems thinking as a necessary approach that helps us better understand the inter-connections between ecological, economic and social systems, and to explore more integrated solutions on our path towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

This Massive Open Online Course will help you gain:
• a well-developed knowledge of the basic features of ecosystems from an interdisciplinary perspective;
• enhanced knowledge of the inter-relationships between ecosystems, human systems and governance;
• opportunities for the wider application of the ecosystem approach and systems thinking in other sectors; and_
• specific awareness from case studies selected from representative ecosystems and related global issues, demonstrating the benefits and challenges of integrated approaches for ecosystem management and beyond.

This Massive Open Online Course will be offered in English and free of charge. For enrollment, please register at http://www.environmentacademy.org/

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