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Sustainable Forestry and Land-use Management in the Tropics

Do you want to work with forestry, agroforestry, and forest-related issues in the tropics? This is the course for you! This course will take you through the arc of understanding global issues and theoretical knowledge to the on-the-ground complexities, challenges, and strategies of tropical forest and landscape management activities. You will learn tropical forest and woodland ecology, management systems, agroforestry, forest and landscape restoration, tree and forest products and services, global issues and drivers of land-use and land-use change, the complexities of local conditions, and how to integrate multiple forest- and land-use objectives and manage trade-offs.

The course is given as a campus independent, distance course, which means that you can attend the course remotely from any location.

Course evaluation

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SG0258-20133 - Course evaluation report

Once the evaluation is closed, the course coordinator and student representative have 1 month to draft their comments. The comments will be published in the evaluation report.

Additional course evaluations for SG0258

Academic year 2023/2024

Sustainable Forestry and Land-use Management in the Tropics (SG0258-20136)

2023-10-31 - 2024-01-14

Academic year 2021/2022

Sustainable Forestry and Land-use Management in the Tropics (SG0258-20022)

2021-11-02 - 2022-01-16

Academic year 2020/2021

Sustainable Forestry and Land-use Management in the Tropics (SG0258-20100)

2020-11-02 - 2021-01-17

Syllabus and other information

Litterature list

Introduction to tropical ecosystems, forests, soils and climate

Bonan, G.B. 2008. Forests and Climate Change: Forcings, Feedbacks, and the Climate Benefits of Forests. Science.

Brandon, K. 2014. Ecosystem Services from Tropical Forests: Review of Current Science. CGD Climate and Forest Paper Series #7.

Busch, J. and Ferretti-Gallon, K. 2014. *Stopping Deforestation: What Works and What Doesn't. *CGD Climate and Forest Paper Series #3.

Driessen, P., Deckers, J., Spaargaren, O., Nachtergaele, F. 2001. Lecture notes on the major soils of the world.

Elliott, S., Blakesley, D., Hardwick, K. 2013. Understanding Tropical Forests, Chap 2, in Restoring tropical forests: a practical guide. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Ellison, D. et al. 2017. Trees, forests and water: Cool insights for a hot world. Global Environmental Change.

FAO. 2018. The state of the world’s forests 2018 - Forests pathways to sustainable development. Rome.

Goodman, R. and Herold, M. 2014. Why Maintaining Tropical Forests Is Essential and Urgent for a Stable Climate. CGD Working Paper 385.

Popkin, G. 2019. How much can forests fight climate change? Nature.

Agroforestry and multifunctional landscapes

Agroforestry Network. 2018. Scaling up Agroforestry: Potential, challenges and barriers. A review of environmental, social and economic aspects at the farmer, community and landscape levels. Stockholm.

FAO. 2017. Agroforestry for landscape restoration: Exploring the potential of agroforestry to enhance the sustainability and resilience of degraded landscapes. Rome.

Global Evergreening Alliance. 2019. How to suck carbon out of the air and convert it into profits and jobs for poor farmers across the globe.

Goffner, D., Sinaré, H. and Gordon, L. 2019. The Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative as an opportunity to enhance resilience in Sahelian landscapes and livelihoods. Regional Environmental Change.

Kuyah, S. et al. 2016. Trees in agricultural landscapes enhance provision of ecosystem services in Sub-Saharan Africa. International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management.

Sacande, M. et al. 2021. Socio-economic impacts derived from large scale restoration in three Great Green Wall countries. Journal of Rural Studies.

Forest and Landscape Restoration

Besseau, P., Graham, S. and Christophersen, T. (eds.). 2018. Restoring forests and landscapes: the key to a sustainable future. Global Partnership on Forest and Landscape Restoration, Vienna, Austria.

Bracalion P.H.S., et al. 2019. Global restoration opportunities in tropical rainforest landscapes. Science.

Chazdon, R.L., Brancalion, P.H.S., Laestadius, L. et al. 2016. When is a forest a forest? Forest concepts and definitions in the era of forest and landscape restoration. Ambio 45, 538–550.

Di Sacco, A. et al. 2021. Ten golden rules for reforestation to optimize carbon sequestration, biodiversity recovery and livelihood benefits. Global Change Biology 27:7.

Elliott, S., Blakesley, D., Hardwick, K. 2013. Restoring tropical forests: a practical guide. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

FAO. 2019. Restoring forest landscapes through assisted natural regeneration (ANR) – A practical manual. Bangkok. 52 pp.

Guariguata MR, et al. 2021. Forest and Landscape Restoration. FTA Highlights of a Decade 2011–2021 series. Highlight No.4. Bogor, Indonesia: The CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA).

ITTO. 2020. Guidelines for forest landscape restoration in the tropics. ITTO Policy Development Series No. 24. International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), Yokohama, Japan.

Kettle, C.J. et al. 2020. Priorities, challenges and opportunities for supplying tree genetic resources p. 51-61 in FAO. 2020. Restoring the Earth – The next decade. Unasylva No. 252 - Vol. 71 2020/1. Rome.

Laestadius, L. et al. 2015. Before Bonn and beyond: the history and future of forest landscape restoration. Unasylva No. 245. Vol. 66 2015/3

llstedt et al. 2016. Intermediate tree cover can maximize groundwater recharge in the seasonally dry tropics. Scientific Reports.

Philipson, C.D. et al. 2020. *Active restoration accelerates the carbon recovery of human-modified tropical forests. *Science.

Sabogal, C., Besacier, C., and McGuire, D. 2015. Forest and landscape restoration: concepts, approaches and challenges for implementation. Unasylva No. 245. Vol. 66 2015/3

Sheil & Bargués-Tobella. *More trees for more water in drylands: myths and opportunities. *In: Pasiecznik, N. & Reij C. (Eds). 2020. Restoring African Drylands 60: 209-216. EFTRN News.

Natural Forest Management

Ashton, M.S. and Hall, J.S. 2011. The Ecology, Silviculture, and Use of Tropical Wet Forests with Special Emphasis on Timber Rich Types. Chap 12 in Günter, S. (Ed.), 2011. Silviculture in the tropics, Tropical forestry. Springer, Heidelberg ; New York.

Karsenty, A. and Gourlet-Fleury, S. 2006. Assessing Sustainability of Logging Practices in the Congo Basin’s Managed Forests: the Issue of Commercial Species Recovery. Ecology and Society 11(1):26.

Schwartz, G. et al. 2016. Profitability of silvicultural treatments in logging gaps in the Brazilian Amazon. Journal of Tropical Forest Science, 28(1): 68–78.

Fredericksen T.S. 2011. Silviculture in Seasonally Dry Tropical Forests (Review) Chap 16 in Günter, S. (Ed.), Silviculture in the tropics, Tropical forestry. Springer, Heidelberg ; New York.

Ehrenberg-Azcárate, F. & Peña-Claros, M. 2020. Twenty years of forest management certification in the tropics: Major trends through time and among continents. Forest Policy and Economics.

Hensbergen, H.J. van. 2018. Rethinking forest concessions - Improving the allocation of state-owned forests for better economic, social and environmental outcomes. Forestry Working Paper No. 4. Rome, FAO. 84pp.


Rosling, H., Rosling, O. and Rosling Rönnlund, A. 2018. Factfulness: Ten reasons we’re wrong about the world – and why things are better than you think.

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Forest Ecology and Sustainable Management - mastersprogramme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38060 SEK Cycle: Master’s level (A1F)
Subject: Forest Science Biology Forest science Biology
Course code: SG0258 Application code: SLU-20133 Location: Location independent Distance course: Yes Language: English Responsible department: Department of Forest ecology and Management Pace: 100%