PEN-10806 Forest and Nature Conservation I: Introductory Field Course

Course

Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Field practical84
Group work10
Excursion (one day)46
Course coordinator(s)dr. P Vergeer
Lecturer(s)dr. P Vergeer
ir. JN van Laar
dr. ir. J den Ouden
Dr. Ir. JA Scheper
dr. ir. BHM Elands
Examiner(s)dr. P Vergeer

Language of instruction:

Dutch

Contents:

The first two weeks focuses on designing experiments, collecting and analysing data of different ecological and social aspects of Forest and Nature Conservation in the 'Veluwe' area. During a two-week stay at a campsite in the 'Veluwe' area, field studies will be carried out in groups. Data of both typical ecological (e.g. related to dead timber, humus, availability of light and dispersion of plants) and social processes (e.g. social issues like nature images, recreation economic value and public involvement) will be collected in the field and analysed. The conclusions and recommendations for management will be discussed with t local forestry managers.
During the second part of the course we focus on questions such as how to deal with social and ecological bottlenecks in management. Here we focus on the implications of nature policy and stakeholder opinions on the management of natural areas at the national, regional and local scale. Four cases in different Dutch landscapes are investigated and illustrated using day excursions.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- collect and analyse ecological and social data in field studies;
- demonstrate detailed knowledge of the interrelationships of ecological and social functions of forest and nature reserves relevant for management;
- analyse and evaluate choices and dilemmas in nature management at national, regional and local scale;
- present research results to experts and non-experts both orally and in writing;
- demonstrate the ability to work in a multidisciplinary team.

Activities:

Collecting ecological and social data in the field and by interviewing resp.:
- analysing data;
- teamwork;
- oral presentations;
- debating;
- excursions.

Examination:

The final mark is based on:
- written report -group (1/3);
- presentation -group (1/6);
- group process (1/6);
- open question examination -individual (1/3.)
Lowest possible grade: 5.5 for each part.

Literature:

The course reader will be handed out the first day but is already available beforehand at MyPortal.

ProgrammePhaseSpecializationPeriod
Compulsory for: BBNForest and Nature ConservationBSc6WD