Forestry e-learning courses

The FAO e-learning Academy provides free multilingual e-learning courses, including a range of courses on forestry topics for professionals and students working in, or interested in, forestry and the sustainable management of natural resources. The overall goal of the e-learning courses is to strengthen capacity of member countries to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Browse the range of self-paced forestry-related courses below, which include forest and landscape restoration monitoring and financing, watershed management, climate-smart forestry and socioeconomic forestry topics.

Forest and landscape restoration


Introduction to forest and landscape restoration
This course has been developed to introduce the key concepts and process of forest and landscape restoration.


Monitoring forest and landscape restoration
This course has been developed to equip practitioners with the capacity to design, plan and implement monitoring systems for FLR interventions.


Sustainable financing of Forest and Landscape Restoration 
This course has been developed to improve the awareness and capacities of practitioners and policy makers to analyse FLR financial needs and opportunities, so that they are more effective at securing and coordinating funding for FLR interventions.

Forest reporting and climate change


SDG indicators: Forest area and sustainable forest management
This course guides countries in reporting on SDG Indicators 15.1.1 and 15.2.1. It illustrates the rationale of the indicators, definitions and methodologies on which monitoring activities are based, and explains the process and tools available for compiling data through the Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA) Programme.


Forests and transparency under the Paris Agreement
Understand the importance of forest-related data collection, analysis and dissemination in meeting the Enhanced Transparency Framework requirements. 

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    Climate-smart forestry
What is the role of forests and trees in climate-smart agriculture? This course explores the complex relationship between climate change and forests, and how adaptation and mitigation measures can benefit forests, forest-dependent people, and global climate change.

Forest livelihoods and tenure


Collecting household welfare data through forestry modules
Four courses guide users to collect data on the socioeconomic contributions of forests and non-forests environments to household welfare and livelihoods. Primarily intended for people who are involved in data collection, analysis and reporting in national statistical offices, government agencies, donors, non-governmental organizations, forestry departments and research organizations.


Introduction to national socioeconomic surveys in forestry
This course presents the background and relevance of forest-related questions in household surveys. Guidance on the use of forestry modules to collect data on socioeconomic contributions of forests and non-forest environments to household welfare and livelihoods is provided. 


Measuring the role of forests and trees in household welfare and livelihoods
This course introduces the definitions related to forest and wild products and describes the various methods and issues relevant to the forestry modules.



Tenure security for better forestry
Based on the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests (VGGT) principles, this course is designed to help learners understand and apply key principles for strengthening tenure. 

      Operationalising the forestry modules 
This course describes the key aspects relevant for operationalising the forestry modules, including their scope, focus and limitations. It indicates the relevance of enumerator training, quality control, and use of tablet devices. It also briefly describes the field-testing of the forestry modules in three countries.

Forests and water




Developing a resilient watershed management plan
This course presents the basic principles and concepts related to resilient watershed management. Using a case study, the process for formulating a resilient watershed management plan is described, from analysis of the enabling environment to definition of risk management measures. 


Forest and water nexus
This course provides on overview of forest and water relationships, and an understanding of the impacts of changing landscapes on water resources. It can be used as a stand-alone course for those interested in learning about the forest-water nexus, or as an introduction for those who will engage in workshops using the FAO capacity development facilitation guide on advancing the forest and water nexus.

last updated:  Tuesday, August 23, 2022