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SG0247

Structure and Politics of the Global Forest Sector

The course is based on learning activities, for example lectures, seminars, oral presentations, written assignments and study visits. Activities can be individual as well as group based. Compulsory attendance is required at for example study visits, guest lectures and seminars.


The course takes it’s starting point in topical forest related societal challenges concerning e.g. land use, industrial production, use of resources, demographic changes and climate change. Throughout the course the sustainable development goals (SDG:s) established by the United Nations in 2015 are used and related to. In relation to these challenges questions about ecological, social and economic sustainability, the forest industries role and prerequisites, and how political and economic governance can be designed to achieve different political goals are discussed.


The course focus are at (1) fundamental knowledge on the forest resource and the forest industry structure, development and role in society – with global as well as local perspectives; and (2) the content in international and national forest policy, as well as models for market based and political tools. During the coursedifferent regions with different circumstances regarding forest resources, forest industry and social structure are in focus.


By providing insight into how the forest sector contribute to societies need; how the sector interact with other sectors in society; and about political balances between different interests and values, the students are inspired to reflect about how different stakeholders in the forest sector are balanced and how the contribution from the sector can be improved. During the whole course the forest sector decisions, how forest policy evolves and we reflect over stakeholders, conflicts of interest, power and responsibility at global, regional and national level are discussed.


Information from the course leader

A warm welcome to the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and the course Structure and Politics of the Global Forest Sector!

Once the course has started, all information will be on the Canvas page. To access Canvas, your emails and Ladok, etc. please make sure to create a student account (see link below).

A prel. literature list and schedule is now available!

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Course evaluation

The course evaluation is now closed

SG0247-10309 - Course evaluation report

Once the evaluation is closed, the course coordinator and student representative have 1 month to draft their comments. The comments will be published in the evaluation report.

Additional course evaluations for SG0247

Academic year 2023/2024

Structure and Politics of the Global Forest Sector (SG0247-10310)

2023-08-28 - 2023-10-30

Academic year 2022/2023

Structure and Politics of the Global Forest Sector (SG0247-10206)

2022-08-29 - 2022-10-31

Academic year 2022/2023

Structure and Politics of the Global Forest Sector (SG0247-10205)

2022-08-29 - 2022-10-31

Academic year 2021/2022

Structure and Politics of the Global Forest Sector (SG0247-10078)

2021-08-30 - 2021-11-01

Academic year 2021/2022

Structure and Politics of the Global Forest Sector (SG0247-10079)

2021-08-30 - 2021-11-01

Academic year 2020/2021

Structure and Politics of the Global Forest Sector (SG0247-10068)

2020-08-31 - 2020-11-01

Academic year 2020/2021

Structure and Politics of the Global Forest Sector (SG0247-10318)

2020-08-31 - 2021-01-17

Academic year 2019/2020

Structure and Politics of the Global Forest Sector (SG0247-10015)

2019-09-02 - 2019-10-31

Academic year 2019/2020

Structure and Politics of the Global Forest Sector (SG0247-10016)

2019-09-02 - 2019-10-31

Syllabus and other information

Litterature list

Prel. Literature list and references

Please note:

  • The literature will be complemented throughout the course.
  • You will also search for your own literature to complement this course literature.
  • Most literature will be available online on Canvas in form of an attachment or link. Canvas you will be able to access once you have been accepted to the course.
  • If you for any reason you need more information and support for accessing the literature, such as dyslexia, do not hesitate to contact the course leader as soon as possible.

Suggested literature for different course moments in the course

FAO 2015. Global Forest Assessment. Main Report. Rome: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

FAO 2015. Global Forest Assessment. Webpage. http://www.fao.org/forest-resources-assessment/en/; [July 17, 2017].

FAO 2017. FAO 2017. FAOSTAT, Forestry Production and Trade.

FAO 2015. Keeping an eye on SDG 15. Rome: Food and AgricultureOrganization of the United Nations (FAO).

FAO. 2016. State of the World’s Forests 2016. Forests and agriculture: land-use challenges and opportunities. Rome. http://www.fao.org/3/a-i5588e.pdf

FAO. 2018. State of the World’s Forests 2018. Forests and agriculture: land-use challenges and opportunities. Rome. http://www.fao.org/3/I9535EN/i9535en.pdf

Peng-Song X., Hansen M. C., Stehman S. V., Potapov P. V., Tyukavina T., Vermonte E. F. & Townsend J. R. 2018. Global land change from 1982 to 2016.

Lambin, E.F. and Meyfroidt, P. 2010. Land use transitions: Socio- ecological feedback versus socio-economic change. Land Use Policy 27:108–118.

Meyfroid, P., Rudel T., Lambin E. 2010 Forest transitions, trade, and the global displacement of land use. PNAS.

Forest Ecology and Management 2015. Science to sustain the world’s forests. Special Issue: Changes in Global Forest Resources from 1990 to 2015. Vol 352. Guest Editor: Kenneth MacDickenA Special Issue of the Journal Forest Ecology and Management, contains thirteen peer- reviewed papers with more detailed analyzes both based on FRA 2015

van Noordwijk, M. Agroforestry-Based Ecosystem Services: Reconciling Values of Humans and Nature in Sustainable Development. *Land *2021, 10, 699. https://doi.org/10.3390/ land10070699

Corporate Sustainability Reports:

  1. Stora Enso (75p)

http://assets.storaenso.com/se/com/DownloadCenterDocuments/Sustainability_Report_2016.pdf

  1. Holmen (85p) 

https://vp165.alertir.com/afw/files/press/holmen/201703067330-1.pdf

BGCI 2021. State of the World’s Trees. Botanic Gardens Conservation International

DFID 1999. Sustainable livelihoods guidance sheets. Department for international development.

FAO, 2017. The charcoal transition: greening the charcoal value chain to mitigate climate change and improve local livelihoods, by J. van Dam. Rome, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

FAO 2020 Global Forest Resource Assessment. Summary & Main report. FAO, Rome. http://www.fao.org/forest-resources-assessment/2020

FAO. 2022. The State of the World’s Forests 2022. Forest pathways for green recovery and building inclusive, resilient and sustainable economies. Rome, https://www.fao.org/3/cb9360en/cb9360en.pdf

Gordon et al. 2014 Respiratory risks from household air pollution in low and middle-income countries. The Lancet Respiratory Medicine vol 2014, pp 1-34.

IPBES 2019. Summary for policymakers of the global assessment report on biodiversity and ecosystem services of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. S. Díaz et al. (eds.). IPBES secretariat, Bonn, Germany.

IPCC, 2022: Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. Contribution of Working Group II to the Sixth Assessment Report of the IPCC. Cambridge University Press. (selected parts)

Kusters, K and Belcher, B. (Eds.) 2004. Forest Products, Livelihoods and Conservation - Case Studies of Non-Timber Forest Product Systems. Vol 1 Asia

Lindhagen, A. Publication on NTFPs in Sweden

Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, 2005. Ecosystems and Human Well-being: Synthesis. Island Press, Washington, DC. https://www.millenniumassessment.org/documents/document.356.aspx.pdf

Mutta D, Mahamane L, Wekesa C, Kowero G, Roos A. Sustainable Business Models for Informal Charcoal Producers in Kenya. Sustainability. 2021; 13(6):3475.

Roos, A., Mutta, D., Larwanou, M., Wekesa, C., & Kowero, G. (2021). Operations and improvement needs in the informal charcoal sector: a participatory value stream analysis. International Forestry Review, 23(3), 351-364.

Di Sacco, A., Hardwick, K. A., Blakesley, D., Brancalion, P. H., Breman, E., Cecilio Rebola, L., ... & Antonelli, A. (2021). Ten golden rules for reforestation to optimize carbon sequestration, biodiversity recovery and livelihood benefits. Global Change Biology, 27(7), 1328-1348.

Schackleton et al. 2011. Opportunities for enhancing poor women’s socioeconomic empowerment in the value chains of three African non-timber forest products (NTFPs). International Forestry Review Vol.13(2)

Sunderland, T and Ndoye, O. (Eds.) 2004. Forest Products, Livelihoods and Conservation - Case Studies of Non-Timber Forest Product Systems. Vol 2 Africa

UNECE/FAO 2022. Forest Products Annual Market Review 2021-2022. https://unece.org/sites/default/files/2023-02/2228765E_Inside_final_signa_red.pdf

Wekesa C., Mutta D, Larwanou, M, Kowero G, Roos A. 2023. Effects of charcoal ban on value chains and livelihoods in Kenyan Coast – stakeholders’ perceptions. Environmental Development. 45, 100809, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envdev.2023.100809.

Assessment reports effect of COVID on forest and forest sector (2022):

Beland-Lindahl, K. Söderberg, C. Lukina, N. Tebenkova, D. Pecurul, M. Pülzl, H. Sotoriv, M. Widmark, C. 2023. Clash or concert in European forests? Integration and coherence of forest ecosystem service-related national policies. Land Use Policy, 129, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2023.106617.

The EU green deal, https://commission.europa.eu/strategy-and-policy/priorities-2019-2024/european-green-deal_en

Expert Group and Workshop on Valuation of Forest Ecosystem Services, 2014. https://foresteurope.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Report_Valuation_FES_ForestEurope.pdf

COP 27 – biodiversity and climate – Sharm el Sheikh
https://unfccc.int/news/new-international-biodiversity-agreement-strengthens-climate-action

Lier, M. Köhl, M. Korhonen, K. Linser, S. Prins, K. Talarczyk, A. 2022. The New EU Forest Strategy for 2030: A New Understanding of Sustainable Forest Management? Forests. 13 (2). https://doi.org/10.3390/f13020245

UN Sustainability goals, https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/

Winkel, G. ed (2017) Towards sustainable European forest based bioeconomy – assessment and way forward. https://efi.int/publications-bank/towards-sustainable-european-forest-based-bioeconomy-assessment-and-way-forward

+ Lecture handouts and weblinks

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Environmental Economics and Management - Master's Programme Forest Ecology and Sustainable Management - mastersprogramme Forest Science - Master's Programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38060 SEK Cycle: Master’s level (A1N)
Subject: Business Administration Forest Science
Course code: SG0247 Application code: SLU-10309 Location: Umeå Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Forest Economics Pace: 100%