FNP-23303 Value Chains for Sustainable Landscapes: Theories, Tools and Practices


Studiepunten 3.00

Individual Paper1
Excursion (one day)7
Course coordinator(s)dr. VJ Ingram
Lecturer(s)dr. VJ Ingram
Examiner(s)dr. VJ Ingram

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

FNP-11806 Forest, Nature, Society

Continuation courses:

FNP-24306 Governance for Forest, Nature and Biodiversity


Planning in forest and nature management and policy involves making choices about goals and the activities implemented to meet those goals. Plans are often based on theoretical concepts, which guide the choices made and set out broad approaches for how these can be achieved. Planners include government, private sector, communities, civil society organisations etc., working alone, and increasingly, together. In practice, how plans are made and implemented often deviates from theory. The objective of this course is to give students a grounding in both the concepts and practices of three approaches currently used in planning and managing ecosystems.
The course starts with a brief introduction to different concepts and tools used in planning and then zooms in to explore the following three approaches and how they work in practice:
- ecosystem based approaches focussing primarily on the planet: using protected areas as ways to conserve habitats and species;
- landscape approaches that focus on both people and different ecosystems with a geographic area, articulating area based goals and approaches to achieve these;
- value chain approaches that have a strong profit focus concerning how products are governed as they are transformed from a natural resource into a product sold to consumers.
Group assignments are used to provide students with practical insights into applying the approaches by reviewing protected area cases; conducting an audit during a practical field excursion; and a value chain analysis and developing landscape plan. External guest speakers will provide student with an opportunity to better understand the context how the approaches work in practice.
A critical analysis of literature on these different planning approaches will be used to help understand the approaches, how they are used, the impacts they have, and build students analytical skills about the conditions in which these approaches can be used, as well as their presentation skills.
The course concludes by summarising the sustainability and impacts (environmental, social, and economic) of different planning approaches currently used. This 'reality check' aims to stimulate students to critically examine the extent (scale and geographical extent, actual levels of partnership and co-management/collaboration) these approaches are used and their impacts - both positive and negative - to meet diverse societal goals. Students will write an individual paper about how the approaches work, when and where. This will focus on the advantages and disadvantages of different planning approaches.
Student's knowledge will be evaluated through group and individual ssignments (60%) and an exam (40%). Students need to have a minimum partial grade of five and a half (5.5) for all components. Marks for the assignment and exams are valid for one year only.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to: - identify and explain the current concepts and theories, approaches and tools for forest and nature planning;
- explain when landscape and value chain tools/approaches can be used;
- evaluate the conditions when landscape and value chain approaches for forest and nature planning can be used and what impact they have (environmental, social, economic);
- analyse the approaches using cases and apply landscape and value chain tools/approaches to those cases;
- analyse the contradictions and complementarities, advantages and disadvantages of The different approaches discussed in the course.


During the course, students will engage in combination of activities:
- preparing and attending lectures;
- field practical;
- group work: discussions and debate in small groups;
- individual paper: essay writing supervised by lecturers;
- self-study of scientific articles and course materials, and preparation for examination.


The student's knowledge will be evaluated through assignments based on individual and group work (60%) and a written examination (40%).


Will be made available through MyPortal.

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