Landscape Leadership: Catalyse Sustainable Development in Landscapes

Learn how to become a landscape leader! Get the skills to mobilise human resources, manage and resolve conflict and facilitate and motivate stakeholders to achieve SDG-focused sustainable change

About this course

Achieving sustainable and productive landscapes and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) calls for bold and innovative leadership. Governments, the global private sector, universities and international NGOs are seeking landscape leaders to stimulate and facilitate change.

If you’re reading this page, there’s a strong chance that you see challenges in the society and region around you. There’s also a strong chance that you have the energy and ability to impact change for the better. This course is your key to unlocking the knowledge and skills you need to kick-off and lead the changes you want to see in your landscape and work.

You will learn what true leadership in a landscape really is. You will learn from real-life leaders how they designed and facilitated change to better their landscape. You will be taken through challenging global cases and build your skills to lead change in landscapes. You will interact with other emerging landscape leaders who want to share and learn how change at the landscape level can be achieved. After this course, you will be ready to look at your landscape and know how to lead the way forward.

After signing up for this course, you will straight away be brought to the landscape. You’ll see leaders in action and be quizzed on what you would do in their situation. Through highly interactive activities, you’ll learn about stakeholder dynamics and how those dynamics and competing claims often lead to conflict. But, you’ll learn how to facilitate and inspire stakeholders and develop a repertoire of tools and methods to manage and resolve conflict toward sustainable change.

Developing your leadership skills and knowledge is the first step. The Landscape Academy Programme contains much more to prepare and guide you on your mission to strengthen your landscapes.You will also see these principles in action through with real-life examples of landscape heroes, such the case of Ethiopian Aba Hawi, the “man of fire.”

The Landscape Academy Professional Certificate Programme lets you harness the power of place and advance your career as a landscape leader and the programme consist of the following courses:


What you'll learn

  • Understand the relation between landscapes and leadership
  • Understand the requirements of distributed landscape leadership
  • Learn about the art of facilitative landscape leadership
  • Learn what to do when leadership gets difficult
  • Get the skills to manage conflicts and get to negotiated solutions
  • Learn to cultivate innovation in your landscape


Wageningen University & Research


Governance & rights, Landscape Approach, Measuring Progress


Online learning


4 weeks (8 hours)


1 to 3 hours per week


FREE Add a Verified Certificate for $99 USD

For landscape actors to buy into new ideas, you have to show that what you’re doing is not for your gain but for the gain of every individual within a landscape.

I thought I worked with all stakeholders in my landscape. But though the course I discovered new stakeholders that need to be involved. I didn’t see these before. From now on, I will take them into account. This will enhance the outcomes of my work.

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