FNP-30306 Strategic Planning in Forest and Nature Conservation

Course

Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Lecture12
Practical60
Field practical42
Course coordinator(s)dr. VJ Ingram
Lecturer(s)dr. VJ Ingram
dr. AR Hof
prof. dr. ir. GMJ Mohren
dr. B Verschuuren
Examiner(s)dr. AR Hof
dr. VJ Ingram
prof. dr. ir. GMJ Mohren

Language of instruction:

English

Assumed knowledge on:

FEM-20909 Forest and Nature Conservation II - Management Planning and Tools; FNP-23303 Planning: Theories, Tools and Practices.

Contents:

Note 1: This course has a maximum number of participants. The deadline for registration is one week earlier than usual.
See Academic Year.(http://www.wur.nl/en/Education-Programmes/Current-Students/Agenda-Calendar-Academic-Year.htm) -> Registration for Courses.
Note 2: This course requires an individual student contribution of Euro 120 for a week-long excursion to the Czech Republic and Germany.

The aim of the course Strategic Planning in Forest and Nature Conservation is to improve the understanding of strategic planning. The course is a continuation of FEM-20909, but whereas FEM-20909 focuses on the operational and strategic management of forest and nature on a local level, this course is orientated at strategic planning at a regional and landscape level. 
The central focus of the course is a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), using a case study of Šumava- Bayerischer Wald landscape. During the course, you will develop your own SEA with a group of fellow students.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- discuss the ecological, social and political aspects of forest and nature conservation in a national park context;
- analyse regional landscape level plans in relation to forest and nature;
- apply SEA to forest and nature conservation issues;
- prepare a professional report of the results;
- report on the results with a scientific poster presentation;
- discuss these results from the perspective of different societal stakeholders.

Activities:

The main learning activities are:
- preparing for and attending lectures;
- preparing and presenting on the key themes of the course;
- participation in the excursion;
- participation in the assignments;
- writing a professional style SEA report as a group on the results;
- developing a scientific poster and presentation by your group.

Examination:

The examination has three elements: the written examination, the SEA report and the poster presentation of the SEA. The examination counts for 50% of the final grade, the SEA report for 40%, and the poster presentation for 10%. Passing all three elements with a 5.5 or higher is required. In addition, you need to have handed in the assignments in weeks 1 to 3.

Literature:

Literature will be made available through MyPortal.

ProgrammePhaseSpecializationPeriod
Compulsory for: BBNForest and Nature ConservationBSc1AF