LNAK10098U Forest and Nature Management Planning
MSc Programme in Forest Ecosystems, Nature and Society
MSc Programme in Forest and Nature Management
MSc Programme in Agriculture
MSc Programme in Nature Management
Students of forest and nature management planning need to
understand the complexity of planning and the challenges of
managing forest and nature areas in a sustainable way. For forest
and nature managers, sustainability managing a particular forest or
nature area means determining, in a tangible way, how to use it
today to ensure similar benefits, health and productivity in the
future. Forest and nature managers must assess and integrate a wide
array of sometimes conflicting factors - commercial and
non-commercial values, environmental issues and community needs to
produce sound and useful forest and nature plans. Modern forest and
nature planning requires a new framework for understanding planning
and policy. Trends of expert driven and rationality based decision
processes are being replaced by nonlinear socially constructed
processes engaging both experts and stakeholders. Trends in
appropriate knowledge, where practice expert knowledge is dominant
is replaced by an understanding that knowledge is a social
construction and not only experts but lay people, and people with
unique knowledge possess valid inputs to the basis for planning.
Therefore, forest and nature managers develop their forest plans in
consultation with citizens, businesses, organisations and other
interested parties in and around the areas being managed.
Additionally, plans must be feasible and economically viable.
Another important part of this course introduces students to
Structured Decision Making which is an organized approach to
developing and evaluating creative alternatives and making
defensible choices. It has been particularly useful for helping
groups work productively together on decisions marked by technical
uncertainty and controversial trade-offs. It combines analytical
methods from decision analysis with insights into human judgments
The course works its way through what we know about the prerequisites of informed decision-making, following the logical steps in identifying aims and objectives, investigating the state of forest / nature goods and services, and transforming objectives into management actions with due consideration of for who, when and how to implement management actions. Students will also acquire knowledge about reality planning and the relation between means (e.g. budgets) and ends (objectives). The students will learn to quantify and model ecosystem services and include them in the forest and nature management plan
- Understand a natural science management planning approach emphasizing the study objects: forests and natural resources.
- Explain the principles of sustainable utilization, protection and stewardship of forests and other semi-natural areas
- Explain key theories and methodologies for management planning and making structured environmental decisions
- Summarize potentials/restrictions and sustainability of utilization of biological systems.
- Summarize economic theory and demonstrate general knowledge of the planning and structured decision making tools utilized in the management of forests and nature
- Describe and classify a range of decision-support tools
- Apply a social science management planning approach to forests and natural resources from the point of view of an enterprise, organization, and/or society.
- Apply structured environmental decision making approaches on forest and natural resource problems
- Apply economic theory and utilize economic planning tools for analyzing and modelling the welfare and business economic production from forests and natural resources, and realizing management and development tasks within the frames given by society (legislation, regulations, facts).
- Develop long-term strategies, operational objectives and specific plans for sustainable utilization and protection of forests and other green resources, considering the social, ecological and economic objectives and limitations.
- Describe modelling, regulation and management of green resources; develop, quantify and use theoretical and applied models of the productive and protective functions of forests and natural resources – material as well as immaterial.
- Practice economic, dynamic and holistic management planning
- Formulate, plan and implement a project/plan
- Develop planning models, formulate and apply basic models based on operations research and economic theory.
- Analyze the planning process and structure; and communicate planning implementation and results.
- Communicate professional problems and solutions – both orally and in writing
- Transfer the use of structured decision making, operations research methods and economic theory in management planning for forests and natural resources to other planning problems and situations involving people, social systems, and allocation of scarce production resources.
- Transfer a planning structure and decision framework based on structured decision making to other work situations.
- Design decision-making with the entry point of rational economic planning theory
- Understand and apply general criteria applicable for economic evaluation of planning results.
- Cooperate and work effectively in a group with a common economic planning project developing interpersonal and intercultural competences
- Turn demands on our natural surroundings into concrete actions and projects based on a scientific foundation
- Manage operations and development tasks in the framework set out by society
Teaching material will be announced at Absalon. Mostly journal papers which are accessible through university library facilities.
- Project work
- Theory exercises
- 15 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Oral examination, One dayWritten assignmentDescription of Examination: The oral exam includes two parts. In the first part each student presents and discusses the forest and nature management report/plan in the case area. The second part is an oral examination based on compulsory material which takes place at the University campus.
Weight: Oral examination 100% (defence of plan 50%, examination based on compulsory material 50%). Individual oral examination of the management plan and questions based on subjects within the compulsory material.
- Exam registration requirements
Delivery of forest and nature management project report
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- External censorship
If the student has not handed in the project report, then it must be handed in two weeks prior to the re-exam. It must be approved before the exam.
Criteria for exam assesment
See learning outcome