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Sustainable Forest Management – Analysis and Adaptations

Contemporary forestry is discussed in the course, and put in relation to silvicultural research, nature conservation issues, societal needs, current forest technology and the wood market. The course contains two major parts, silviculture and forest ecology.

The course starts with a part where forest production and management is discussed on the basis of ecophysiological processes and correlations, to obtain an in-depth understanding of how forest production could be measured, estimated and modelled. The next part of the course focuses on how forest ecosystems and management systems could be evaluated with regard to ecological resilience or economy. Differences regarding stand dynamics, succession and biodiversity will also be discussed. The third and main part of the course takes on issues of regeneration, stand development and production from four perspectives; clearcut management, continuous cover forestry, management in mixed forests and multiple use forestry.

Comparisons and discussions about differences and similarities in forestry between countries are frequent and constantly brought up during the course.

To further student learning and promote discussion, a variety of methods are used:

Lectures, literature studies, exercises, written assignments, data lab sessions, seminars, study trips, field exercises, excursions, proficiency training, presentations.

Statistical data treatment and analysis will be performed with supervision from teachers and on an introductory level.

The course focuses on the following generic competencies:

Information competence, critical thinking and reflection, problem solving, scientific methods, digital competence, use of technology, oral and written communication, teamwork.

The following course components are compulsory:

Study trip, excursions, individual and group assignments as well as exercises and seminars.

Collaboration with the surrounding community takes place through inviting representatives from authorities and practical forestry in southern Sweden to speak about urgent matters in forestry and about their view on future threats and opportunities.

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Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Euroforester (MSc) 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: Forestry Science
Course code: SV0060 Application code: SLU-20191 Location: Alnarp Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre Pace: 100%