Fresh thinking on growth and development in Asia and the Pacific

Policies and Practices for Natural Resource Management: Blended Learning Program

Event | 14 March - 31 May 2013 Tokyo, Japan and selected DMCs


This activity will strengthen the institutional capacity of better natural resource management by making high-quality information accessible to a broad range of relevant decision-makers, professionals, and practitioners.


Natural resource management issues have been at the center of policy debates as well environmental justice movements. Development requires not only better global economic conditions, but also a cleaner environment, with sustainable use of natural resources such as energy, land, water, soil, and minerals and their security at both the global and national level including availability, affordability and accessibility to all. Natural resource exploitation and economic activities have played a role in fuelling many violent conflicts. Trans-boundary environmental and economic cooperation, and transparent natural resource management, can be operationalized to support governance processes and also promote peace.

This 10 week blended learning program will unpack key policies and practices related to natural resource management for sustainable development. The program will follow an interdisciplinary approach enriched by audio, video, and interactive web-based content. It will use the latest information and communication technology (ICT tools and techniques and a unique format of learning through video conferencing by using the facilities of Global Development Learning Network.

The 10 week program will consist of six learning modules delivered through a blended learning format comprising recorded lectures, academic articles, and state-of-the-art multimedia, among others. The program will adopt an interdisciplinary approach that aims to draw from the disciplines of environmental economics, politics, and law. The self-study modules will be supplemented by five videoconferences (VCs). Each VC will reinforce key issues in the self-study modules and present best practices in practical application of natural resource management principles.


The course will provide contents and guidance to policymakers and other stakeholders to assess the potential effects of good policies and practices on resource management on sustainable development and livelihood. The modules will help ensure that linkages between natural resource management and sustainable economic development are mainstreamed.


By the end of the course, each participant will finalize a brief Action Plan outlining the goals, outputs, and activities of their individual assignments to promote sustainable natural resource management in their home organizations.

The broad expected learning outcomes are:

  • A holistic understanding of policies and practices for natural resource management in the context of sustainable development.
  • Improved capacity of participants to apply new knowledge and understanding, and problem-solving abilities, to independently identify basic natural resource problems that affect the development process from multidisciplinary perspectives.
  • Formulate policy questions about the effects of natural resource use on development and identify and analyze specific development needs pertaining to sustainable development and natural resource management.
  • Be able to apply the learning of policies and practices constructively in their jobs.


This activity is designed for policymakers, researchers and development practitioners, corporate sector, university students, and midlevel professionals involved in activities related to natural resource management in Asia and the Pacific. As an e-learning course it is also open to others who want to improve their knowledge of best practices on the subject of natural resource management.

How to register

Course registration is open on-line at:*.




To successfully complete the course, participants should have:

  • English proficiency. Videoconference sessions and final examination will be conducted in English.
  • Strong commitment and self-discipline. The course will require hours of self-study per week, depending on the participant's background in natural resource management and language proficiency.

In addition, participants will need:

  • A computer with 486 processor using Windows 95 or later, a CD-ROM drive, speakers or earphones, monitor of 800x600 resolution and at least 256 colors.
  • An e-mail account.


Tokyo Development Learning Center of the World Bank
The Energy and Resources Institute

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