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The Global Forest Sector

The course takes its starting point in current forest-related challenges concerning e.g. land use, industrial production, use of resources, demographic changes and climate change. Throughout the course the sustainable development goals (SDG:s) established by the United Nations in 2015 are used and related to. In relation to these challenges questions about ecological, social, and economic sustainability and the forest industry’s role and prerequisites are in focus. The course focuses on fundamental knowledge on the forest resource and the forest industry structure, development, and role in society – with global as well as local perspectives. During the course different regions with different circumstances regarding forest resources, forest industry and social structure are in focus. By providing insight into how the forest sector contribute to societies need and how the sector interacts with other sectors in society the students are inspired to reflect about how different stakeholders in the forest sector are balanced and how the contribution from the sector can be improved. During the course the forest sector decisions are discussed, and we reflect on stakeholders, conflicts of interest, power and responsibility at global, regional and national level.


The course is based on learning activities, for example lectures, seminars, oral presentations, written assignments, and study visits. Activities can be individual as well as group based.

The following elements are compulsory

  • Guest lectures

  • Seminars.

Collboration with society may be done via guest lectures and study visits.

Information from the course leader

A warm welcome to the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and the master's course "The Global Forest Sector"!

Once the course has started, all information will be on the Canvas page. To access Canvas, your emails, and Ladok, etc. please make sure to create a student account (see link below).

A prel. literature list will be available latest from 8th July 2024 and the prel. schedule latest by 5th August 2024.

We look forward to meeting you soon!

In the meantime, please reach out the respective office if your question is regarding the following:

If this course is the first course in your Master programme at SLU, please check out this link with important information regarding enrolment on 2 September 2024.

Useful other links:

For new students

Student account

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Educational support

Best wishes,

Julia Aldberg (course leader, PSR)

Syllabus and other information

Litterature list

Prel. Literature list and references

Please note:
  • There is no course book for this course. 
  • The list below is an overview of different resources needed for different moments in the course.
  • The literature will be complemented throughout the course. 
  • You will also search for your own literature to complement this course literature. 
  • Most literature will be available online on Canvas in form of an attachment or link. Canvas you will be able to access once you have been accepted to the course. 
  • If need more support for accessing the literature, such as dyslexia, do not hesitate to contact the course leader as soon as possible.
  • If the link below is not working search for the title/author on e.g. google/google scholar. 

Suggested literature for different course moments in the course 

Global Forest Resources Assessments.

FAO 2020. FAO Statistics on Forestry Production and Trade (FOASTAT-Forestry)

FAO. 2022. State of the World’s Forests 2022.

UNECE/FAO 2023 Forest Products Annual Market Review 2022-2023 (FPAMR).

Song, XP., Hansen, M.C., Stehman, S.V. et al. Global land change from 1982 to 2016. Nature560, 639–643 (2018).

Lambin, E.F. and Meyfroidt, P. 2010. Land use transitions: Socio- ecological feedback versus socio-economic change. Land Use Policy 27:108–118.

Meyfroid, P., Rudel T., Lambin E. 2010 Forest transitions, trade, and the global displacement of land use. PNAS.

Forest Ecology and Management 2015. Science to sustain the world’s forests. Special Issue: Changes in Global Forest Resources from 1990 to 2015. Vol 352. Guest Editor: Kenneth MacDickenA Special Issue of the Journal Forest Ecology and Management, contains thirteen peer- reviewed papers with more detailed analyzes both based on FRA 2015

BGCI 2021. State of the World’s Trees. Botanic Gardens Conservation International.

DFID 1999. Sustainable livelihoods guidance sheets. Department for international development.

FAO, 2017. The charcoal transition: greening the charcoal value chain to mitigate climate change and improve local livelihoods, by J. van Dam. Rome, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

FAO 2020 Global Forest Resource Assessment. Summary & Main report. FAO, Rome.

FAO. 2022. The State of the World’s Forests 2022. Forest pathways for green recovery and building inclusive, resilient and sustainable economies. Rome,

Gitonga, D. et al. Roos, A. (2023). Kenyan Youth Perspectives on Forests: report from a youth-scientist dialogue on sustainable forestry. SLU-Global, Uppsala.

Gordon et al. 2014 Respiratory risks from household air pollution in low and middle-income countries. The Lancet Respiratory Medicine vol 2014, pp 1-34.

IPBES 2019. Summary for policymakers of the global assessment report on biodiversity and ecosystem services of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. S. Díaz et al. (eds.). IPBES secretariat, Bonn, Germany.

IPCC, 2022: Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. Contribution of Working Group II to the Sixth Assessment Report of the IPCC. Cambridge University Press. (selected parts).

Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, 2005. Ecosystems and Human Well-being: Synthesis. Island Press, Washington, DC.

Mutta D, Mahamane L, Wekesa C, Kowero G, Roos A. Sustainable Business Models for Informal Charcoal Producers in Kenya. Sustainability. 2021; 13(6):3475.

Roos, A., Mutta, D., Larwanou, M., Wekesa, C., & Kowero, G. (2021). Operations and improvement needs in the informal charcoal sector: a participatory value stream analysis. International Forestry Review, 23(3), 351-364.

Di Sacco, A., Hardwick, K. A., Blakesley, D., Brancalion, P. H., Breman, E., Cecilio Rebola, L., … & Antonelli, A. (2021). Ten golden rules for reforestation to optimize carbon sequestration, biodiversity recovery and livelihood benefits. Global Change Biology, 27(7), 1328-1348.

Schackleton et al. 2011. Opportunities for enhancing poor women’s socioeconomic empowerment in the value chains of three African non-timber forest products (NTFPs). International Forestry Review Vol.13(2)

Sunderland, T and Ndoye, O. (Eds.) 2004. Forest Products, Livelihoods and Conservation - Case Studies of Non-Timber Forest Product Systems. Vol 2 Africa

UNECE/FAO 2022. Forest Products Annual Market Review 2021-2022.

Wekesa C., Mutta D, Larwanou, M, Kowero G, Roos A. 2023. Effects of charcoal ban on value chains and livelihoods in Kenyan Coast – stakeholders’ perceptions. Environmental Development. 45, 100809,

Literature to have read for external lectures:

Cecilia Mark Herbert: 3/9/2024

van Noordwijk, M. Agroforestry-Based Ecosystem Services: Reconciling Values of Humans and Nature in Sustainable Development. *Land *2021, 10, 699. to an external site.

2021 van Noordwijk Agroforestry-based ecosystem services … Land.pdf

\+ Lecture handouts and weblinks

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Environmental Economics and Management - Master's Programme Forest Bioeconomy (MSc) Forest and Business Management (MSc) Forest Science - Master's Programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 13090 SEK Cycle: Master’s level (A1N)
Subject: Forestry Science Bioeconomy management
Course code: BM0001 Application code: SLU-10263 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Forest Economics Pace: 100%