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Sustainable Forestry and Land-use Management in the Tropics

Do you want to work with forestry, agroforestry, and forest-related issues in the tropics? This is the course for you! This course will take you through the arc of understanding global issues and theoretical knowledge to the on-the-ground complexities, challenges, and strategies of tropical forest and landscape management activities. You will learn tropical forest and woodland ecology, management systems, agroforestry, forest and landscape restoration, tree and forest products and services, global issues and drivers of land-use and land-use change, the complexities of local conditions, and how to integrate multiple forest- and land-use objectives and manage trade-offs.

The course is given as a campus independent, distance course, which means that you can attend the course remotely from any location.

Course evaluation

Additional course evaluations for SG0258

Academic year 2021/2022

Sustainable Forestry and Land-use Management in the Tropics (SG0258-20022)

2021-11-02 - 2022-01-16

Academic year 2021/2022

Sustainable Forestry and Land-use Management in the Tropics (SG0258-M2022)

2021-11-02 - 2022-01-16

Academic year 2020/2021

Sustainable Forestry and Land-use Management in the Tropics (SG0258-20100)

2020-11-02 - 2021-01-17


SG0258 Sustainable Forestry and Land-use Management in the Tropics, 15.0 Credits

Hållbar skogsskötsel och markanvändning i tropikerna


Biology Forest Science

Education cycle

Master’s level


Title Credits Code
Introduction to tropical forests, ecology, clim 2.5 0102
Agroforestry and multifunctional landscapes 2.5 0103
Forest and Landscape Restorati 2.5 0104
Natural Forest Management 2.5 0105
Factfulness 2.5 0106
Interview project 2.5 0107

Advanced study in the main field

Second cycle, has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements(A1F)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

Prior knowledge equivalent to 120 credits at undergraduate level including

- 60 credits forest science or

- 60 credits forest management or

- 60 credits biology or

- 60 credits soil science or

- 60 credits environmental sciences or

- 60 credits natural resource management


- 15 credits at advanced level


- English 6


The course prepare students for tasks and challenges when working with sustainable management in tropical and sub-tropical regions.

After completing the course the student should be able to:

- Describe and analyze how biophysical (e.g., ecology, soils, climate), social, policy, and economic forces interact and drive current and potential forest and land-use management decisions and options.

- Evaluate the potential benefits and weaknesses of prevalent management systems (natural forest, plantations, agroforestry, and restoration) within the local context (on economy, livelihoods, ecosystem services, etc.).

- Synthesize the importance of tropical forests in a global context (e.g., carbon cycling, climate change mitigation, provision of wood and other bio-based products) and global agendas (e.g., forest landscape restoration, Sustainable Development Goals, Paris Agreement, REDD+).

- Assess and interpret how local, context-specific demands, dynamics, values, and complexities affect forest and land use management.

- Review, analyze, evaluate, and communicate current issues and research findings on forestry in tropical and subtropical areas.

- In a given context, identify gaps in knowledge or practice and propose new solutions.


The course addresses the conditions in nature and society for forest development and utilization in subtropical and tropical regions. The course provides a comprehensive understanding of how variations in system ecology, community development and forestry in the south differ from the northern systems. The course also deals with important management practices and land use forms with trees and forests, as well as current issues that will in future dominate the development of land use and forestry practices in subtropical and tropical regions.

The course contains lectures, exercises, literature studies, and discussions. Students will apply their knowledge to reality-based case studies. The course also provides an opportunity for individual specialization of a specific subject area based on the student’s own interest. Seminars and exercises are mandatory.

Formats and requirements for examination

Active participation in compulsory parts of the course. Approved written assignments, oral seminars and exercises.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Additional information

In the course there are possibilities for students to make a field trip to a tropical country in connection with one international SLU project. Alternatively, students can conduct a case study based on a real problem or research task. In both cases, the task may focus on preparing for future field studies in a tropical country. The course is offered to students from all SLU locations with some compulsory lectures and seminars.

For internet-based parts of the course, access to a computer with internet-connection of 2.0 Mbit/s or higher in both directions, USB-headset with microphone and web-camera are needed. Fixed internet access is recommended. It is also possible to connect at a library or so called "lärcentrum" (learning center).

SLU is environmentally certified according to ISO 14001. A large part of our courses

cover knowledge and skills that contribute positively to the environment. To further

strengthen this, we have specific environmental goals for the education. Students are

welcome to suggest actions regarding the course’s content and implementation that lead

to improvements for the environment. For more information, see webpage

Responsible department

Department of Forest ecology and Management

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom skog (PN - S)
Biology field: Ekologi
Replaces: SG0219

Grading criteria

There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38054 SEK Cycle: Master’s level
Subject: Biology Forest Science
Course code: SG0258 Application code: SLU-20133 Location: Independent courses Distance course: Yes Language: English Responsible department: Department of Forest ecology and Management Pace: 100%