310055 Thematic Course: Sustainable Forest and Natural Resource Management Planning

Responsible DepartmentForest & Landscape

Earliest Possible YearMSc. 2 year
DurationOne block
Credits15 (ECTS)
Level of CourseMSc
ExaminationFinal Examination

oral examination

All aids allowed

Description of Examination: The oral exam consists of two parts. First each student presents and discusses the forest and nature management report/plan. The second part is an examination based on compulsory material.

Weight: Oral examination 100%. Individual oral examination of the management plan and questions based on subjects within the compulsory material.

7-point scale, external examiner
Requirement for Attending ExamDelivery of project reports/assignments.
Organisation of Teaching- Lectures including guest lectures - Group presentations - Group discussions - Group project report - Seminars - Excursions
Block PlacementBlock 2
Week Structure: A

Block 2
Week Structure: C
Language of InstructionEnglish
Optional Prerequisites290003 
These or courses with similar learning outcomes are recommended but not compulsary.
Course Content
As pressures on the natural environment continue to increase the need to ensure the sustainability of natural resources for future generations has never been greater. The sustainable future of natural resources relies upon the integrated management of social, economic, human, biological and physical capital and the careful planning of future resource use. The course presents the state of the art within economic natural resource management planning. The course contains the following main elements:

. Overview of forest and nature management: concepts and criteria for forest and nature management; how to write a forest and nature management plan;

. Forest and nature management planning theory: planning paradigms, strategic and tactical planning;

. Forest and nature management planning approaches to achieve ecological, economic, and social values

. Inventory and predictions: A review of inventory conceptsfor predicting ecological, biophysical and economic conditions and outcomes

. Fundamentals of decision analysis: methods to achieve ecological, economic and social values in forest and nature management; multiple owner/stakeholder involvement; certification; carbon storage; conservation management / systematic conservation planning; public participation and involvement
Teaching and learning Methods
Plenary lectures on topics will be given. On average one excursion is organised every week to visit a forest and nature area to actively discuss opportunities and constraints with stakeholders/owners. This will facilitate understanding theory and real world planning. Theoretical exercises will support the lectures. Students will present results and round-up discussions will summarise. Groups of approximately 3 students will prepare a project report /forest and nature management plan for a real world case. Seminars on selected topics will be arranged. Teaching activities take place in modules A and C. One or two excursions may take place outside module A and C. Exact dates and times will be available at the beginning of the course. The overall requirements of the course correspond to full time studies. Therefore, it is recommended to use the full block for studies in this course without parallel study activities.
Learning Outcome
This thematic course aims at providing the state of the art within economic natural resource management planning. The students are encouraged to include supplementary theory or methods gained in earlier courses to enhance a management plan resting on the three main pillars in sustainable management planning of natural resources, namely sustainable economic planning, taking into account ecological functions and restrictions and the social context of the resource use. The management plan is based on preselected case areas, however, management objectives, data collection, the analysis and treatment of case-specific topics are to be decided by the students themselves. The course will give the students an in-depth knowledge of economic planning of forest and other semi-natural terrestrial ecosystems. Temperate ecosystems will be in focus but the principles will be general and relevant for tropical as well as sub-tropical forest and nature management planning

Learning outcome objectives:
1) Knowledge (understand and manage biological systems):
. Understand a natural science management planning approach emphasising the study objects: forests and natural resources.
.Explain the principles of sustainable utilisation, protection and stewardship of forests and other semi-natural areas
.Explain key theories and methodologies for management planning
. Summarise potentials/restrictions and sustainability of utilisation of biological systems.
. Summarise economic theory and demonstrate general knowledge of the planning tools utilised in the management of forests and nature
. Describe and classify a range of decision-support tools

2) Skills in relation to technology and production (understand and implement economic, dynamic and holistic management planning):
. Apply a social science management planning approach to forests and natural resources from the point of view of an enterprise, organisation, and/or society.
. Apply economic theory and utilise economic planning tools for analysing and modelling the welfare and business economic production from forests and natural resources, and realising management and development tasks within the frames given by society (legislation, regulations, facts).
. Develop long-term strategies, operational objectives and specific plans for sustainable utilisation 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.
. Analyse the planning process and structure; and communicate planning implementation and results.
. Communicate professional problems and solutions - both orally and in writing

3) Competences:
. Transfer the use of 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 based on strategic, tactical, and operational objectives 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
Course Literature
A collection of textbook literature, articles, lecture notes and other written material will be required, including:

Davis, L.S., Johnson,K.N., Bettinger, P., Howard,T.E. 2008. Forest Management: To Sustain Ecological, Economic, and Social Values. Waveland Pr Inc, 816 pp.

Helles, F. & Tarp, P. 2006. Introduction to Forest Management Planning. Lecture notes, The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, KVL, Danish Centre for Forest, Landscape and Planning, Division of Economics, Policy and Management Planning, Frederiksberg.
Tarp, P. 2006. Principles of sustainable forest and natural resource management. The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, KVL, Danish Centre for Forest, Landscape and Planning, Division of Economics, Policy and Management Planning, Frederiksberg.
Pidd, M. 2003. Tools for Thinking. Modelling in Management Science. John Wiley & Sons Ltd., West Sussex.
Course Coordinator
Niels Strange, nst@life.ku.dk, Forest & Landscape Denmark/Unit of Forestry, Phone: 353-31753
Henrik Meilby, heme@life.ku.dk, Forest & Landscape Denmark/Unit of Forestry, Phone: 353-31740
Study Board
Study Committee NSN
Work Load
theoretical exercises80
project work90