Managing Sustainable Forest Landscapes

Managing Sustainable Forest Landscapes

Course dates:
8 August, 2017 to 24 August, 2017
Fee:
Degree and PhD students €990 / Professionals €1490
Topics:
Engineering & Sciences, Multidisciplinary
Application deadline:
Monday, 7 August, 2017
University:
University of Helsinki
Helsinki, Finland

General information

 

Target students
This course examines forestry from an interdisciplinary and global perspective. The focus will be on ecosystem services that forests provide, and the students should therefore have at least a basic understanding of ecosystem functions. Advanced Master’s or Doctoral degree students are warmly invited on this course as are young professionals in a field related to the topics covered. In addition, professionals already in the working life may want to take this course to update their skills.

Synopsis
This course seeks to enhance our understanding of forest ecosystem services, not least as the future of global forest resources is a daily concern in international policy debate and processes.

International and national initiatives need to be strengthened to sustain the economic potential of forest landscapes under increasing pressure from population growth. In addition, new challenges such as adaptation to uncertain climatic conditions, competing land uses as well as concerns about food security are examples of major problems faced every day by forest-dependent communities and decision makers worldwide.

All these drivers of change call for integrated and multidisciplinary approaches to incorporate landscape management in a way that both encourages immediate innovative action and sets targets for finding sustainable solutions. For these reasons, forests and industrial plantations have become an important part of the global natural resource puzzle. A broader framework should thus include flexible management schemes to allow for effective participation of local communities, and the establishment of cost-efficient production systems (e.g. plantations, agroforestry), which can generate an adequate flow of commercial products, ecosystems services and livelihood improvements.

For a functional framework, however, international and national initiatives for good governance, transparency, efficiency and equity must be integrated into the planning process. It is the complex web of interrelated issues that this course brings to the fore.

Learning objectives
The objective of this intensive course is to provide tools and methods to analyse and identify opportunities for managing forested landscapes for multiple benefits, while maintain their functioning and resilience.

 

Accommodation

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Registration

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ECTS accreditation

6 ECTS

 

Contact information

If you have any questions please contact us at summer-school(at)helsinki.fi.