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International forest policy

SV0009 International forest policy, 7.5 Credits

Internationell skogspolicy

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Forestry Science

Education cycle

Bachelor’s level

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, less than 60 credits from first-cycle courses as entry requirements(G1F)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

7,5 credits in forestry science including knowledge in forest policy alternative 7,5 credits in political science or law, alternative 7,5 credits in other subject with a focus on national or international law or policy.


The objective of the course is to develop knowledge in key policies related to forests from an international perspective.

After completing the course, students should be able to

- describe the international forest sector focusing on multiple interests: economic, ecologic and social values
- describe actors on the international forest policy arena
- demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of main international policy and legal frameworks for forests and forestry, including different sources of law, international agreement, voluntary schemes (e.g. certification) and soft law and how this translate to impact the Swedish forestry sector
- by utilizing the international initiatives for forests demonstrate an in-depth capacity to relate national law and policy to international law and policy
- demonstrate proficient oral and written argumentation of relevant forest policy related issues.


Forests are considered as an important function in future societies, particularly for its capacity to accommodate multiple goals. Complexity of making decision on forest management are increasing, because of e.g., numerous policy and law (e.g., climate, biodiversity), diversity of interests among public and private stakeholders, and multiple-levels of legal instruments and policies – subnational, national, regional and global. For local communities forests may have different values, and loss and/or degradation of forests is continuing to be of major relevance in sub-national and national policy. The national level of forest policy is typically connected with legal instruments and recommendations, while the international framework typically builds upon norms of different origin on both national, regional, and international levels.

In this course, students acquire comprehension on global policy and law, processes and policy-based actors related to forests on a national level. The focus is on international level, addressing relevant concepts of international policy and law and relate to the Swedish forest sector. Key multilateral agreements connected to forests are discussed, e.g., non-legally binding instruments, UN framework conventions (e.g., Paris Agreement, Convention on Biological Diversity), and other relevant international agreements (like REDD+, FLEGT). Further international relationships connected to forests are discussed, like voluntary certification schemes like Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). The course discusses market- and non-market-based instruments, together with key legal concepts to understand how international policy and legal frameworks affect forests in Sweden.

The course is based on learning activities including e.g., lectures, case studies, seminars, guest lectures, oral presentations, and written assignments. Cumpulsory sessions during the course consists of guest lectures and seminars Activities can be individual- or group-based.

The Forestry Science content is divided into sub-areas as follows:

7,5 credit Objective, planning and policy

Formats and requirements for examination

Approved oral presentations. Approved written assignments and completed cumpulsory sessions.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Additional information

The course is set up as a distance learning course with most lectures online. Seminars may be connected to campus Umeå.

The course SV0003, Forest policy and legislation in Sweden gives eligibility for the course.

SLU is certified in accordance with PRIME-principles, Principles for Responsible Management Education ( Further, SLU is environmentally certified according to ISO 14001. A large part of our courses covers knowledge and skills that contribute positively to the triple bottom line, environmental social and financial value creation. To further strengthen this, we have specific sustainability goals for the education. Students are welcome to suggest actions regarding the course’s content and implementation that lead to sustainability improvements for the environment. For more information, see webpage 

Responsible department

Department of Forest Economics

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom skog (PN - S)
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Forest Science (BSc) Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 19027 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Forestry Science
Course code: SV0009 Application code: SLU-30102 Location: Umeå Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Forest Economics Pace: 100%