72nd UNEP/UNESCO/BMUB International Short Course on Soil & Land Resources for Sustainable Development

  • The closing date for applications for this course has passed - thanks for your interest!


Water and soils are limited and endangered resources. It is estimated that at least a quarter of the usable earth surface is affected by strong degradation to an extent which is substantially reducing the potential production of biomass for food, feeding as well as for resources for materials and bioenergy. In the context of an ever-growing world population this is a serious threat. While the world population in the past four decades grew from 3 to over 7.4 billion people, the agricultural area increased by only 8%, mainly through the transformation of forest into arable land. Land consumption through urbanization is further reducing the fertile cultivation area. According to climate projections for the coming decades, rainfall patterns and temperature distributions will also change significantly.


The participants in this short course will deal intensively with the connections between land use and nutrient cycles in the context of water catchment areas as well as at a global level. They will be enabled to develop concepts for soil and water protection as an integral part of sustainable land management.
In this course, basic soil functions will be discussed initially. Besides the basic understanding of interactions between soil, water and nutrients, material flows are considered at the landscape level and at a global scale and illustrated by means of a practical case study. Thereby, the influence of energy generation and integrated waste management is elucidated. Integrated water resource management and climate strategies in land management are also discussed on the basis of case studies.
Throughout the whole course, a central role is assigned to the dialogue between scientists, political decision-makers and land managers; the aim is to stimulate this dialogue and to encourage the participants to continue and to search for communication between sectors also beyond the duration of the course.

Target Groups

This short course is designed for managers and decision-makers who have a strong occupational background in environmental protection with a focus on questions of soil and land use. A corresponding professional experience and education is required e.g. in agriculture and forestry, geography, soil science, water management, regional planning, etc.. To be eligible for this training course, a first university degree (BA, BSc, e.g.) is absolutely indispensable as well as the ability to communicate actively and efficiently in English. The nomination by the delegating institution is a mandatory prerequisite. The specific requirements can be found in our FAQ section.


Our International Steering Committee selects the 21 participants of this course by July 2017. Participants stay in our comfortable private studio apartments and receive a stipend to cover basic living expenses. Flights, health insurance etc. will be provided. Our course office provides further manifold assistance. Participants successfully completing this course will be awarded a Certificate of Proficiency in Soil & Land Resources for Sustainable Development.

Course date: 11 October 2017 - 03 November 2017
Application period: 1 Mar 2017 - 2 May 2017
Notification of selected participants SC72: July 2017

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Tamara Karp
Letzte Änderung: 03.05.2017