FNP-23303 Forest & Nature Conservation Planning: Theories, Tools and Practices


Studiepunten 3.00

Group work6
Course coordinator(s)dr. VJ Ingram
Lecturer(s)dr. VJ Ingram
HAC Runhaar
RS van Tol
Examiner(s)dr. VJ Ingram
HAC Runhaar

Language of instruction:

NL and/or EN

Mandatory knowledge:

ZSS06200 Fieldwork Safety

Assumed knowledge on:

FNP-11806 Forest, Nature, Society.
The course builds on the investigation of actors, their relationships and values in FNP-11806 Forest, Nature, Society and on basic knowledge about value chain certification gained during excursions and lectures. This concept of value chains, briefly introduced in FNP-21306 Management of forest and nature organisations and the audit in PEN-10806 Forest and Nature Conservation I: Introductory Field Course, are also explore  in more depth with theoretical and practical insights

Continuation courses:

The concept of governance introduced in this course is further elaborated in FNP-24306 Governance for Forest, Nature and Biodiversity. Game theory (the concept underlying the landscape game) will be further covered in FNP-32306 Decision-Making in Forest and Nature Management: Theory and Practice.


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. Stakeholders include the government, private sector, community organisations and civil society organisations. They may work alone, and increasingly, together. In practice, how plans are made and implemented often deviates from theory. 
The objective of the course is to give students grounding in both the concepts and practices of three approaches currently used in to planning and managing forest and natural ecosystems. The learning outcomes of the course are that students can identify and understand three key planning concepts, critically understand when and how they can be used and be able to apply the concepts and tools to practical cases. 
The course starts with a brief introduction to key planning concepts for forest and nature conservation and then zooms in to explore three key approaches and how they work in practice:
- ecosystem focused approaches focusing primarily on the planet: using biodiversity agriculture to conserve habitats and species and landscape quality;
- 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. 
The three planning approaches respectively focus mainly on the planet, people, and profits. These approaches entail choices about the trade-offs and multiple uses of different land cover types and uses, the way products are produced from these landscapes and the resulting impacts on the planet (i.e. biodiversity and its conservation), on profits (i.e. economic impacts on households, firms and the economy in general), and on people (i.e. development and peoples livelihoods, as enshrined in the SDGs). 
In the 3 weeks of the course, one approach is addressed per week, so that each week the students will learn:
- theory/concepts of each planning approach via lectures and self-stud;
- how the concepts are used in practice via lectures illustrating cases and self-study o    Practical application of the theory using cases in the practical assignments.,
Students will develop and be tested on their critical ability to evaluate planning approaches against criteria in a group paper, reflecting on the extent to which each approach fulfills each criterion. 

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- identify and explain different concepts related to planning and their relevance for forest and nature planning;
- evaluate when ecosystem, landscape and value chain approaches can be used and combined in planning for forest and nature conservation;
- apply ecosystem, landscape and value chain approaches to practical cases;
- analyse the advantages and disadvantages of the different planning approaches discussed in the course.


During the course, you will engage in:
- preparing and attending lectures;
- practical group assignments;
- group paper assignment: an essay with supervision and feedback by lecturers;
- self-study of scientific articles and course materials, and preparation for the examination and group paper.


Student's knowledge will be evaluated through group assignments (40%) and a written examination (60%). 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.


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