MERLIN Academy

Here we will build up the MERLIN Academy on freshwater ecosystem restoration and nature-based solutions including topics like innovative restoration techniques, fundraising, restoration governance and monitoring.

The MERLIN Academy will be an online learning place that can be accessed by its registered users any time and that allows interactive learning options and keep track of the learning progress while its completion. It will be open to any interested person and will be organised in three different curricula addressing

  • administration and managers
  • restoration practitioners
  • the scientific community with focus on students

Technically, the courses of the MERLIN Academy will include live webinars, online training workshops, recorded e-learning sessions (webinars or presentations) accessible for users at any time. Content-wise this will include for example the presentation of best practice restoration projects, technical guidance, the development of regional scalability plans, large-scale upscaling strategies, Cost-Benefit-Analysis, interactive maps on benefits of restoration measures, community and sector involvement as well as institutional arrangement strategies.

Additionally, the MERLIN Academy will host a knowledge centre that will include short videos and animations, manuals and state-of-the-art guidance documents related to for example spatial configuration of restoration measures within a catchment, benefits of different restoration types on ecosystem services and biodiversity, design standards for certain nature-based solution restoration methods, synergies of nature-based solutions/restoration with various sectors, a governance framework for successful restoration as well as financing strategies for restoration on different spatial scales or sector-specific strategies for restoration synergies. The knowledge centre will be complimented by a glossary of terms and a library of recommended scientific reading (a glossary of freshwater terms is already available on the Freshwater Information Platform).

Next webinar

#10: Februar 06, 2023, 15h (CET)

Paul Jepson – Nature Impact Tokens as a means unlock "nature positive" investment

Dr. Paul Jepson is Head of Innovation and Science at CreditNature Ltd where he leads work on the development of new ecosystem analytics and nature impact tokens to ‘unlock’ nature positive investment. He has 40-years’ experience in international nature conservation research, policy and practice, formerly directed Oxford University’s MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation Management and held Senior Research fellowships at the Said Business School and Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. He is author of ‘Rewilding: the radical new science of ecological recovery’.

In this webinar, Paul will outline progress on efforts to create markets for nature recovery. He will introduce a Nature Impact Token being developed by CreditNature which is underpinned by a new framework for benchmarking and forecasting ecosystem integrity. The design of nature markets is becoming closely linked with advances in DLT technologies: Nature Impact Tokens are a digital asset constructed from smart contracts linked to different types of data. These emerging digital standards connect finance with science and Paul will open a discussion on how to ensure advances in freshwater science is integrated into emerging markets for biodiversity credits and nature impact tokens.

The webinar is open and free for anyone to join.


Previous webinars

The EU nature restoration law: an opportunity for scaling-up the restoration of freshwater ecosystems.

Claire Baffert (WWF European Policy Office) & Eva Mayerhofer (European Investment Bank)

Strategic Monitoring to Learn from Nature-Based Solutions and Natural Infrastructure Projects

Dr. Charles B. van Rees (University of Georgia)

Corporate and private funding - its value for conserveration

Louis Costa (MAVA Foundation)

Freeing rivers – restoration strategies in the state of Maine & implications for expanding the movement in Europe

Joshua L. Royte (The Nature Conservancy)

Monitoring and Evaluation of Nature-Based Solutions – thinking outside the box!

Kerry Walyen (James Hutton Institute)

Rewilding rivers in the Odra catchment – What is rewilding and why is it important?

Peter Torkel (Rewilding Oder Delta - Team Leader Poland)

Wetland restoration – Holy Grail or opening Pandora’s box of vector-borne and zoonotic disease risk?

Frauke Ecke (SLU)

Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Insights from IPBES and IPCC Intergovernmental Processes

Josef Settele (UFZ)

Why freshwater ecosystem restoration makes (economic) sense

Sien Kok (Deltares) & Sanja Pokrajae (WWF)