FNP-30306 Strategic Planning in Forest and Nature Conservation


Studiepunten 6.00

Field practical42
Course coordinator(s)dr. VJ Ingram
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. ir. GMJ Mohren
dr. VJ Ingram
dr. KAJ Arts
dr. AR Hof
Examiner(s)prof. dr. ir. GMJ Mohren

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

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


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 course Strategic Planning in Forest and Nature Conservation is a continuation of the course FEM-20906. Whereas FEM-20906 focuses on the operational and strategic management of forest and nature on a local level, this course is orientated on strategic planning at regional level. By using methods and techniques of Strategic Environmental Assessment, first of all different strategic policy options for a specific region (Sumava National Park, Czech Republic) are developed. In the next step, strategic policy choices are analysed based on an evaluation of the possible ecological and socio-economical effects of the different options. On the basis of information of various sources (lectures, literature, interviews, excursions, own observations) groups of students analyse and evaluate the policy in a specific region in relation with the forest and nature in that region. This case-study work is supported by lectures with different examples of Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA).

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 European context;
- carry out desk research on conservation issues;
- analyse regional plans in relation with forest and nature;
- apply SEA to the field of forest and nature conservation;
- prepare a professional report of the results;
- report on the results with a poster presentation.


- preparing for and attending lectures;
- participation in the excursions;
- participation in the case-study assignment;
- written reporting of results;
- poster presentation of results.


The examination has 3 elements:
- written exam (50%);
- report (group assignment) (40%);
- poster presentation (group assignment) 10%).
Passing all 3 elements of the examination is required (5.5 or higher).


Literature will be made available through MyPortal.

Verplicht voor: BBNForest and Nature ConservationBSc1AF