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National and International Forest Policy

The course has two primary objectives: (1) to provide a wide perspective beyond traditional forestry disciplines by examining interactions between forests and society, and (2) to scrutinise global forest regimes and national forest policies with focus on their implications on actual forest management. The course is delivered by an international teacher team involving scholars from Sweden, Germany, Denmark and other countries. Course contents and activities are specifically designed for international student classes consisting of many nationalities. Thus the course provides a unique opportunity to examine societal preconditions and policy implications for forest management from a comparative international perspective. Class activities include debates and numerous exercises in groups. Outside the class, students visit a private forest estate, and engage into readings of scientific literature, elaboration of essays, and writing a reflective journal. At the end of the course, we undertake a 2-week study trip to countries outside Sweden, with focus on comparing forest policies in selected countries or regions.

Information from the course leader

Dear Euroforesters,

Welcome to the course "National and International Forest Policy" 2024!

Here on Canvas you will find all the necessary course information including the schedule, literature, assignments, etc. All course messages will be provided in the “Announcements”, and sometimes sent as messages using the Canvas email-function.

You can find detailed course overview calendar, detailed syllabus and literature under "Files/Key documents" (see the menu on the left-hand side). Course syllabus contains detailed overview of course topics, teaching forms, examination, etc. Syllabus and other main documents can be found under “Key documents”.

The calendar gives an overview of the course day by day. The morning session begins at 9:00 sharp (if not specified otherwise) and normally lasts until 12. The afternoon sessions are normally between 13-15(16).

In the course, we plan to have a study trip to Latvia and Lithuania, between March 4-15. The participating students shall plan expenses amounting to SEK 2,500 for partially covering the costs for the study trip.

Looking forward to meet you on January 15, Monday, at 9:00 in Silvicum!

Vilis, Anna, Derek, Ida + the rest of Teacher Team

Course evaluation

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The course evaluation is open between 2024-03-12 and 2024-03-21

Additional course evaluations for SG0234

Academic year 2022/2023

National and International Forest Policy (SG0234-30160)

2023-01-16 - 2023-03-21

Academic year 2021/2022

National and International Forest Policy (SG0234-30090)

2022-01-17 - 2022-03-23

Academic year 2020/2021

National and International Forest Policy (SG0234-30026)

2021-01-18 - 2021-03-23

Academic year 2019/2020

National and International Forest Policy (SG0234-30162)

2020-01-20 - 2020-03-24

Academic year 2018/2019

National and International Forest Policy (SG0234-30076)

2019-01-21 - 2019-03-25

Syllabus and other information

Litterature list

List of literature “National and International Forest Policy” 2023

(preliminary list, based on literature from 2022; some items may change)

  1. Allchin, D. 1998. Values in science: An introduction.
  2. Auld, G., Gulbrandsen, L.H., and McDermott, C.L. 2008. Certification Schemes and the Impacts on Forests and Forestry. Annual Review of Environment and Resources 33:187–211.
  3. Bernstein, S. and Cashore, B. 2012. Complex global governance and domestic policies: four pathways of influence. International Affairs 88 (3): 585-604.
  4. Beaujon Marin, A., and Kuriakose, A.T. (2017) Gender and Sustainable Forest Management Climate Investment Funds
  5. Bose, P., Arts, B. and van Dijk, H. (2012). 'Forest Governmentality': A genealogy of subject-making of forest-dependent 'scheduled tribe' in India. Land Use Policy, 29 (3), pp 664-673
  6. Brukas, V., B.J. Thorsen, F. Helles, and P. Tarp. 2001. Discount rate and harvest policy: Implications for the Baltic forestry. Journal of Forest Policy and Economics 2: 143-156.
  7. Brukas, V. and N. Weber 2009. Forest management after the economic transition – at the crossroads between German and Scandinavian traditions? Forest Policy and Economics 11 (8): 586-592.
  8. Brukas, V. 2015. New World, Old Ideas—A Narrative of the Lithuanian Forestry Transition. Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning 17(4): 495-515.
  9. Buchy, M. and Hoverman, S. 2000. Understanding public participation in forest planning: a review. Forest Policy and Economics, 1(1), pp. 15–25.
  10. CIFOR 2015. Forests: Gender, Property Rights and Access
  11. Dunn, W.N., 2015. Public policy analysis. Chapter 1.
  12. FAO 2020. State of the World’s Forests 2020, Executive Summary, pp. xvi-xxi
  13. Ingemarson, F., Lindhagen, A. and Eriksson, L. 2006. A typology of small-scale private forest owners in Sweden. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research 21(3) 249-259.
  14. Johansson, M., Johansson, K. and Andersson, E., 2018. # Metoo in the Swedish forest sector: testimonies from harassed women on sexualised forms of male control. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research, 33(5), pp.419-425
  15. Klingberg, T. 2002. A European view of forest issues for consideration. Working paper No 18, University of Gävle, Sweden, 14 pp.
  16. Krott M. 2005. Forest Policy Analysis. Springer, Dordrecht, Netherlands. pp. 7-36; 39-63; 70­-100; 117-143; 219–243.
  17. Larson, A., Barry, D., and Dahal, G.R. (2010) New rights of forest-based communities? Understanding processes of forest tenure reform. International Forestry Review,12 (1) pp 78-96
  18. Lindahl K.B., Lindahl, Sténs A., Sandström C., Johansson J., Lidskog R., Ranius T., Roberge, J.M. 2017. The Swedish forestry model: More of everything?, Forest Policy and Economics 77: 44-55.
  19. MacInnes, A., Colchester, M., and Whitmore, A. (2017). Free, prior and informed consent.; how to rectify the devastating consequences of harmful mining for indigenous peoples. Perspective in Ecology and Conservation, 15 (3), pp 152-160. 
  20. Niedziałkowski, K. and Shkaruba, A., 2018. Governance and legitimacy of the Forest Stewardship Council certification in the national contexts–A comparative study of Belarus and Poland. Forest Policy and Economics, 97, pp.180-188.
  21. Pülzl, H.; Wydra, D.; Hogl, K. 2018. Piecemeal integration: Explaining and understanding 60 years of European Union forest policy making. Forests 2018, 9, 719.
  22. Reed, M. S. et al. (2018) ‘A theory of participation: what makes stakeholder and public engagement in environmental management work?’, Restoration Ecology, 26, pp. S7–S17. doi: 10.1111/rec.12541.
  23. Springate-Baginski, O. and J. Soussan 2002. A Methodology for Policy Process Analysis. Livelihood-Policy Relationships in South Asia. Working Paper 9.
  24. Stanislovaitis, A., Brukas, V., Kavaliauskas, M. & Mozgeris, G. 2015. Forest owner is more than her goal: a qualitative typology of Lithuanian owners. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research 30(5): 478-491.
  25. Tekle Tegegne, Y.; Cramm, M.; van Brusselen, J. 2018. Sustainable Forest Management, FLEGT, and REDD+: Exploring Interlinkages to strengthen forest policy coherence. Sustainability 10, 4841,
  26. Wallin, I., Pülzl, H., Secco, L., Sergent, A. and Kleinschmit, D., 2018. Research trends: Orchestrating forest policy-making: Involvement of scientists and stakeholders in political processes. Forest Policy and Economics 89: 1-3.

Suggested additional readings

1. Villalobos, L., Coria, J. and Nordén, A., 2018. Has Forest Certification Reduced Forest Degradation in Sweden?. Land Economics, 94(2), pp.220-238.

2. van der Ven, H. and Cashore, B., 2018. Forest certification: the challenge of measuring impacts. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 32, pp.104-111.

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Euroforester - Master's Programme Forest Science - Master's Programme Forest Management - Bachelor's Programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38060 SEK Cycle: Master’s level (A1N)
Subject: Forest Science
Course code: SG0234 Application code: SLU-30182 Location: Alnarp Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre Pace: 100%