FNP-23303 Management Planning in Forest and Nature Conservation


Credits 3.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Practical extensively supervised25
Practical intensively supervised12
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. KF Wiersum
Lecturer(s)M Meijer
WT Holtslag
Examiner(s)prof. dr. BJM Arts

Language of instruction:

Dutch and/or English


Careful planning of future resource use is of utmost important for the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources. This course presents the state of the art of forest and nature management planning. The course contains the following main elements:
- forest and nature management planning theory: planning paradigms, planning levels;
- forest and nature management planning approaches to achieve ecological, economic and social values;
- fundamentals of decision analysis: methods to achieve ecological, economic and social values in forest and nature areas.
The course will give the students an in-depth knowledge of planning of forest and other semi-natural terrestrial ecosystems. Temperate ecosystems will be in focus but the principles will be general and relevant for tropical as well as sub-tropical forest and nature management planning.

Learning outcomes:

- describe management planning and the role of management planning in forest and nature conservation;
- provide a critical assessment of the possibilities and limitations of planning at different levels in forest and nature management;
- explain key theories and methodologies for management planning;
- describe and apply a range of decision-support tools.


- preparing for and attending (guest)lectures;
- participation in the self-study assignments;
- participation in the group assignments;
- self-study.


Written examination in combination with assignments (individual/group).

Compulsory for: BBNForest and Nature ConservationBSc5AF
Compulsory for: WUFNCBSc Minor Forest and Nature Conservation5AF