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Forest and landscape biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services

The course is designed to introduce students to the core concepts, controversies and approaches to conserving forest biodiversity and balancing the delivery of forest ecosystem services in urban and rural landscape settings. Students learn why biodiversity matters from a range of perspectives and frameworks. During the course, students gain an overview of the threats to forest and tree-associated biodiversity, and how these threats can be alleviated through management. Furthermore, in the course we explore trade-offs and synergies among different societal goals for urban and rural forests, including biodiversity, production, recreation and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The theoretical and applied aspects of all teaching activities are designed to provide an in depth understanding of the material. The course involves lectures, outdoor exercises, group and independent work, as well as written and oral assignments. Training in scientific reading and writing, as well as an introduction to systematic literature synthesis, and the relevance of critical thinking, is provided during the course. Oral and written assignments, and group work are compulsory.

Course evaluation

Additional course evaluations for BI1418

Academic year 2023/2024

Forest and landscape biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services (BI1418-30096)

2024-01-15 - 2024-03-19

Academic year 2022/2023

Forest and landscape biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services (BI1418-30157)

2023-01-16 - 2023-03-21

Syllabus and other information

Litterature list

  1. Hunter (2021; 4th edition) Fundamentals of Conservation Biology, John Wiley & Sons, UK. 654 pg (Recommended purchase, limited copies in library)

  2. Everard (2022) Ecosystem Services, Key Issues Routledge, Oxford. 327 pg (PDF free version can be provided)

  3. McCauley, D. J. 2006. Selling out on nature. Nature 443:27-28. (provided in Canvas)

  4. Maguire, L. A., and J. Justus. 2008. Why intrinsic value is a poor basis for conservation decisions. BioScience 58:910-911. (provided in Canvas)

  5. Felton, A., T. Löfroth, P. Angelstam, L. Gustafsson, J. Hjältén, A. M. Felton, P. Simonsson, A. Dahlberg, M. Lindbladh, J. Svensson, U. Nilsson, I. Lodin, P. O. Hedwall, Anna Sténs, T. Lämås, J. Brunet, C. Kalén, B. Kriström, P. Gemmel, and T. Ranius. 2020. Keeping pace with forestry: Multi-scale conservation in a changing production forest matrix. Ambio. (Provided in Canvas)

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Forest and Landscape (BSc) Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38060 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level (G1F)
Subject: Landscape Architecture Biology
Course code: BI1418 Application code: SLU-30102 Location: Alnarp Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre Pace: 100%