NIFK14013U Tropical Forests, People and Policies
Erasmus Mundus MSc Programme in Forest and Livelihoods, "Erasmus Mundus Sustainable Tropical Forestry" (SUTROFOR)
The course takes a people oriented approach to issues that all natural resources managers in developing countries should be familiar with. Emphasis is on the relationships between people and forest use and conservation in developing countries. Central themes are: (i) Paradigms – what ideas and views guide tropical forestry development? (ii) Livelihoods – how do poor people depend on forests and trees? (iii) Valuation – how can we put a price on forest products and make visible their importance to local people? (iv) Forest cover – how much forest is there and how do we know? (v) Deforestation – why do forests disappear and what can be done? (vi) Policies – what characterises national policies? What global policies exist and why? Do policies work? and (vii) Sustainable management – can REDD, certification or other instruments save the tropical forests?
This course provides an introduction to essential contemporary
issues in forestry in developing countries. The aim is to give
students a thorough understanding of the current and potential role
of forests and trees in improving rural livelihoods. It is stressed
that forestry is an integral part of society and should not be
considered in isolation.
After finishing the course the student is expected to be able to:
Understand key contemporary issues in tropical forestry, including forest-dependency, deforestation, national and global forest policy and processes, and the potential of using market based mechanisms to achieve sustainable forest management
Understand the potential of using forest and trees to prevent and reduce poverty
Understand basic forest valuation methods
Apply principles, theories and frameworks to case studies
Make judgment on the quality of scientific publications
Communicate clearly, concisely and confidently in written format
Argue cogently and think critically within the parameters of a particular academic discipline
Reflect on the nature of poverty and the role of forests in poverty alleviation
Demonstrate the values of scholarship: inquiry, reflection, integrity, open mindedness, evidence-based thinking, and collegiality
Tackle problems by collecting, analysing and evaluating appropriate qualitative and quantitative information and using it creatively
Course material consists of selected scientific articles, book chapters, lecture notes, video clips and slide shows. These are included in the compendium or on the course homepage. The compendium is:
Smith-Hall, C., Nielsen, Ø.J., Pouliot, M., Jiao, X., Charlery, L. and Thorsen, R.S. 2013. Tropical forests, people and policies – selected papers. University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Science, Department of Food and Resource Economics, Copenhagen.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Continuous assessmentStudents are assessed according to (i) their completion of exercises throughout the course, and (ii) through two teacher marked assignments (essays). The assignments are distributed electronically and answers must be submitted electronically. Completion of exercises and teacher marked assignments count 40% and 60% respectively towards the final mark.
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
One internal censor
- Write essay
Criteria for exam assesment
To obtain the grade 12 the student must fullfil the Learning Outcomes