NIFK14037U Climate Change and Forestry: Monitoring and Policies
MSc Programme in Environmental Science
MSc Programme in Forest and Nature Management
The first part of the course deals with climate change risks, mitigation, and adaptation in relation to forestry. It also introduces the concept of forest carbon projects and associated terminology such as additionality, permanence, leakage, and co-benefits. The second part of the course introduces global policies and voluntary initiatives to reduce emissions; particular attention is paid to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and enhancing forest carbon stocks in developing countries (REDD+). In the last part of the course, students write a supervised term paper, on one of the themes presented during the course.
This course focuses on enabling students’ ability to apply
scientific knowledge and reasoning to critically assess and discuss
climate change and forestry with particular emphasis on monitoring
mechanisms and policies
Knowledge: Understand key contemporary issues related to climate change and 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
Apply principles, theories and frameworks on climate change and forestry. Make judgment on the quality of scientific publications. Communicate clearly, concisely and confidently in written format
The students obtain (i) knowledge about climate change, forests and livelihood relationships, (ii) ability to critically assess and discuss discourses and evidence in this area, (iii) ability to assess how science is used in policy debates, and (iv) ability and experience in interacting and discussing in professional forums.
Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.
- Theory exercises
- Project work
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Continuous assessmentStudents eligible to participate in the exam will be assessed according to (i) their completion of exercises throughout the course, and (ii) a supervised term paper.
Weight: Completion of exercises count 2/3 of the final mark and the term paper 1/3.
The final grade is calculated as the weighted average of the results from the part-examinations.
- Exam registration requirements
Submission of term paper
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
More than one internal examiner
If the student has not handed in the term paper, then it must be handed in two weeks prior to the re-exam. It must be approved before the exam.
Criteria for exam assesment
To obtain the grade 12 the student must fullfil the Learning Outcome