FNP-23303 Planning in Forest and Nature Conservation


Studiepunten 3.00

Practical extensively supervised25
Practical intensively supervised12
Course coordinator(s)MSC G Elkhuizen
Lecturer(s)M Meijer
WT Holtslag
ir. JPA van Nieuwenhuize
G Kleinrensink
dr. JH Behagel
MSC G Elkhuizen
MSc C van Oosten
Examiner(s)prof. dr. BJM Arts

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

NCP-10806; FNP-11806 or similar


Planning can be seen as a tool to promote and manage change. It focuses on both the direction of change as well as the means to achieve change. This course focuses on planning in the field of forest and nature conservation and management. It will introduce some basic theories, principles and concepts of planning and students will learn different methods and tools for the analyses of the planning context (physical and social), the design of alternative directions and the assessment and evaluation of the different alternatives. The course focuses specifically on spatial planning on the one hand and management planning on the other hand.
The part on spatial planning deals with the integrative and future-oriented aspects of an area. Within spatial planning education we distinguish knowledge and skills related to the content and the process of planning. The content refers to knowledge about planning objects, like for instance nature conservation, recreation, agriculture, leisure and tourism, water management and housing, and has a strong technical focus. Spatial planning also requires knowledge about the planning processes, the planning instruments, such as a SEA, SWOT analysis or analytical tools such as geographical information systems, the relevant institutions, and the involved actors. Furthermore, it requires general knowledge about politics and communication. Spatial planning focuses on the relationships between both dimensions. Within this course these relationships will be elaborated and different methods and tools to analyse, design and evaluate will be discussed. This course will deal with these different dimensions of spatial planning and focus on 1) socio-spatial analysis by using models of the spatial organization, stakeholder analysis and storytelling; 2) the logic of making plans, by making strategic and operational planning taking into account the socio-political context by elaborating on governance and participation.
The management planning part of the course presents the state of the art of forest and nature management planning. It contains the following elements:
- forest and nature management planning theory: planning paradigms, planning levels;
- forest and nature management planning approaches to achieve ecological, economic and social values;
- the planning process of forest and nature management planning;
- planning instruments, such as scenario analysis.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- explain relevant theories, principles and concepts of planning;
- describe the role of planning in forest and nature conservation and management;
- apply methods and tools for the analysis of an area and the planning context;
- apply methods and tools for the design of alternative scenario's and visions;
- apply methods and tools for the evaluation and assessment of the alternatives.


The course combines (guest) lectures with independent group work. Next to the lectures the students have to work on several assignments that together provide further insight in the spatial and management planning of an area and the tools that can be used for this planning task.


The examination of this course will be based upon an evaluation of an assignment (50%) and a written exam (50%). In order to pass the course both the assignment and the exam should be evaluated with at least a 5.5.


A reader will be available.

Verplicht voor: BBNForest and Nature ConservationBSc5AF
Verplicht voor: WUFNCBSc Minor Forest and Nature Conservation5AF