Course description

The course will examine a selection of ecological restoration projects that will present a range of specific sites. Projects will be reviewed using a variety of criteria including:

  • societal values
  • funding
  • ecosystem structure/function
  • project size and technical difficulty
  • evaluation of success through monitoring

Case studies – geographic distribution

An international selection of case studies will be selected from British Columbia, Alberta, Northwest Territories, United States, Europe, Southeast Asia, Australia and South America. The proposed case studies will be selected from a variety of ecosystems:

  • alpine
  • arctic
  • coastline (dunes, estuaries and lagoons)
  • wetlands (bogs, fens and marshes)
  • fresh water (lakes, rivers and streams)
  • marine (foreshore, coral reef, mangrove)
  • grassland (steppe, veld, acidic, calcareous and old-field)
  • deserts (cold and warm)
  • forests (boreal, montane, subalpine, subarctic, tropical and subtropical)


Online Moodle-based format over a 14-week period, requiring approximately 10 hours of coursework per week.

Tuition and Fee Payment:

  • RNS Diploma students pay $100 of the course tuition upon registration, with the remainder paid via their UVic MyPage account.
  • RNS Certificate students pay the full course tuition upon registration.


Acceptance to the RNS program or a combination of work and/or education experience equivalent to third-year standing.

If you’re not currently enrolled in the Restoration of Natural Systems (RNS) program, including UVic and Letter of Permission students from RRU and TRU, you must obtain approval from the Program Coordinator ( before registering.

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