Why MOOC?

Healthy, natural or modified, ecosystems have a critical role to play in reducing risks of climate extremes and disasters. Special Report on Managing Risks of
Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation by the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), 2012

UNEP and its partners have developed over the past decade a number of training courses focusing on disasters, ecosystems and resilience. Our efforts have reached hundreds of people in over 30 countries. However, based on the continuous demand for our training packages, there is great public interest for capacitybuilding on these topics, far exceeding our capacity to deliver within reasonable time and resources.

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are a revolutionary new concept in higher education, whereby course content is delivered online and free of cost to participants from around the world. UNEP is therefore collaborating with CUAS to harness this new approach, in order to reach a much wider audience within a shorter time span.

Our target is to reach 1,000,000 people over the next five years, regardless of their academic or professional background and their location.