Learn how land becomes degraded, and how to manage land sustainably.
Gain an understanding how to rehabilitate degraded areas.
Sustainable land management is the key to preserving our natural
resources in a healthy state for the enjoyment of all - for cultural,
social, and recreational pursuits as well as for agricultural and other
commercial uses, now and into the future. Where land has been degraded
or its use is not sustainable, rehabilitation is required to improve or
restore the land to good health and ensure future sustainability.
This course covers seven lessons including the scope and nature of land
management, land degradation and rehabilitation, managing soils,
managing water, managing plants, managing animal populations,
maintenance and natural regeneration.
LESSON 1 SCOPE AND NATURE OF LAND MANAGEMENT
- Causes of Land Degradation
- Broad Principles of Sustainable Land Management
- Harnessing the People
- Careers in Land Management
- Lesson 1 additional reading
LESSON 2 LAND DEGRADATION & REHABILITATION
- Forms of Land Degradation and Their Control
- Land Rehabilitation Management
- Mining Sites
- Environmental Assessment
- Land Management Programs
- The Importance of Trees on Farms
- Ecosystem Conservation
- Lesson 2 additional reading
LESSON 3 MANAGING SOILS
- Soil Fertility
- Physical and Chemical Factors Affecting Nutrient Availability
- Biological Factors Affecting Soil Fertility
- Improved Nutrient Management
- Loss of Soil Fertility
- Understanding Soil Analysis
- Sampling Soil
- Strategies for Tackling Soil Degradation
- Conservation Tillage and Crop Residue Management
- Soil Biological Management
- Land Management Using Alternative Farming Techniques
- Using Organic Principles to Overcome Soil Problems
- Using Plants To Extract Contamination
LESSON 4 MANAGING WATER
- Water Erosion
- Water Reuse And Recycling
- Wastewater Treatment
LESSON 5 MANAGING PLANTS
- Controlling Plants
- Using Plants For Erosion Control
- Planning Rehabilitation \
- Plant Selection And Establishment
- Plant Varieties
- The Economics of Plant Selection
- Planting Preparation - Soil Cultivation
- Cultivation Machinery & Tools
- Planting Techniques
- Other Techniques
- Soil And Water
- Types of Water Wastage
- Irrigation Systems
- Coping With Dry Conditions
- Plant Protection Methods
- Weed Management
- Crop Rotations
LESSON 6 MANAGING ANIMAL POPULATIONS
- Creating Habitat Corridors For Wildlife
- Wildlife Conservation
- Lesson 6 additional reading
LESSON 7 AFTERWARDS
- Plant Associations
- Natural Regeneration
- Enrol any time.
- Start studying immediately or later (as you wish).
- Configure your study sessions at any length and frequency you wish.
- Work through at your own pace.
- Help desk - email any time.
self assessment tests pop up at the end of each lesson. You can attempt
these as many times as you wish; and each time, upon completion, you
can see your results. You will need internet access to complete the self assessment tests.
- At the end of the whole course, you
are presented with a major automated examination which can be attempted
online, anywhere, any time.
- If you achieve a 60% pass in the exam; you immediately receive a downloadable Certificate of Completion with your name on it.
What will you gain from this course?
At the end of this course, you will gain knowledge about land degradation, restoration and management; soil analyses and techniques of overcome soil problems; you will be trained to choose the right plants for the rehabilitation/restoration areas; you will know the basics of plant identification and what native and non-native plants are; you will learn to manage water reuse and recycling; and conservation.