Natural resource management issues have been at the centre 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 land, water, soil, energy 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 twelve week blended learning program will unpack some of key policies and practices related to natural resource management for sustainable development. The program follows an interdisciplinary approach and is enriched by audio, video, and interactive web-based content. It uses the latest information and communication technology (ICT) tools and techniques and also employs a unique format of learning through video conferencing by utilizing the facilities of Global Development Learning Network (GDLN) - an initiative started and developed by the World Bank in 2000.

This program has been developed by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and is being offered in collaboration with the World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Centre (TDLC). Global perspective to the course content has been also contributed by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI).

who can apply

  • Policy makers
  • Researchers and development
  • Corporate sector
  • University and above level students and mid-level professionals
  • Members/staff of NGOs or private
    companies involved in activities related
    to natural resource management


  • Knowledge of basic concepts related to
    natural resource management
  • Good working knowledge of English language
  • Strong commitment and subject interest


The program is scheduled for the period

14 March to 31 May 2013

Activity Dates
Registration 04 Feb to 07 March 2013
Introductory Video-conference (VC) 14 March 2013
Module 1 (including VC) 14 March to 03 April 2013
Module 2 (including VC) 04 April to 11 April 2013
Module 3 (including VC) 12 April to 21 April 2013
Module 4 (including VC) 22 April to 2 May 2013
Module 5 (including VC) 3 May to 17 May 2013
Module 6 (including VC) 18 May to 27 May 2013
Concluding VC 31 May 2013

Certification & Registration


On successful completion of the program, the participants will be awarded a joint certificate from TERI and TDLC.

Registration Fees

US$ 200 per participant

20-40% scholarship may be offered to undergraduate students, unemployed and low income participants.

Program Objective

  • A holistic understanding of the nature and issues in natural resource management.
  • Discuss ways for strengthening of
    regional cooperation and networks
    (political, technical, civil society etc.) for
    sustainable natural resource
  • Contribute towards efforts at fostering South-South knowledge exchange and encourage collaboration through formal and informal networking with other Organizations and Partners

Program Content

Module 1: Natural resource economics

Module 2: Governance of natural resources

Module 3: Natural resources, political economy and conflict issues

Module 4: Innovative mechanisms to address conflict issues

Module 5: Mechanisms of trade, investment and regional cooperation in natural resources

Module 6: Best practices and tools

Participating Countries

Sri lanka
Sri lanka
 Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City)
Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City)
 Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City)
Vietnam(Ha Noi)