NIFK14013U Tropical Forests, People, and Policies
MSc Programme in Environment and Development
MSc Programme in Forest and Livelihoods (SUTROFOR)
MSc Programme in Forest and Nature Management
The course takes a people-oriented approach to issues that all environmental resources managers in developing countries should be familiar with. Emphasis is on the relationships between people and environmental resource use and conservation in developing countries, with particular emphasis on forests. Central themes are: (i) Paradigms – what ideas and views guide tropical forestry development? (ii) Livelihoods – how do poor people depend on environmental resources? (iii) Valuation – how can we put a price on environmental 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 related to environmental product use in developing
countries. The aim is to give students a thorough understanding of
the current and potential role of environmental products in
improving rural livelihoods. It is stressed that environmental
products are 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 the potential of using environmental products to prevent and reduce poverty
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 basic environmental product 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 environmental products 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 slideshows. These are accessible through the course homepage.
Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.
- 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.
The final grade is calculated as a weighted average of the results from the part-examinations, and you can pass if the average grade is 02 or above.
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
One internal censor
Reexam: written assignment cutting across the materials covered in the course.
4 hours. No inviligation.
Criteria for exam assesment
To obtain the grade 12 the student must fullfil the Learning Outcomes