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 has been developed by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) to help 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 developed by the World Bank in 2000.

who can apply

  • Policy makers
  • Researchers and Development practitioners
  • 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

Program Content

Module 1: Natural resources economics

Module 2: Governance of natural resources

Module 3: Natural resources, political economy and conflict issues

Module 4: Resource efficiency

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

Module 6: Best practices and tools

Certification & Registration


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

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 management.
  • Contribute towards efforts at fostering South-South knowledge exchange and encourage collaboration through formal and informal networking with other organizations and partners.


"I work in the energy sector which contains work related to natural sources - renewable and non - renewable source of energy. Often we do studies for international benchmarking and this course helped me gain familiarity with procedures in may countries." - Karuna Kalra, India

"The program had valuable aspects of natural resource management and covered important issues surrounding natural resource usages in today's world. As I work for a NGO that directly works with natural resource management in Bangladesh, knowledge gained in this program will help me directly in my everyday work." - Sami Naim Farook, Bangladesh

"I am working in the Natural resource management unit of the Central Environmental Authority of Sri Lanka, we declare environmental sensitive area as Environmental Protection Area, valuation of the area is very important. So this program is very important for my future works." - D.M.Thamara Kumari Dissanayake, Sri Lanka