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Forest and Landscape Planning

Subject matter

The course covers theoretical and practical aspects about landscape and forest planning with a sustainable development approach in which economic, nature and societal values are balanced. The course takes a transdisciplinary perspective to provide students with knowledge and skills on landscape planning and on forest management planning.

The landscape planning skills are developed through the exercise of landscape analysis, stakeholder analysis, sketching, by weighing different perspectives against each other and by practicing communication through different illustration- and layout techniques.

Development of a Forest Management Plan of a forest estate will be carried out in a hands-on fashion, based on specific goals and available information, utilizing and reinforcing knowledge on forest inventory, forest economics, GIS, decision support systems, landscape perspectives, forest ecology, silviculture, among others.

Synergies and trade-offs between Landscape and Forest Management Planning perspectives will be critically analysed based on sustainability principles and society’s priorities, such as, access for recreation, improvement of biological diversity, timber production, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.


Lectures, exercises, study trips, excursions, assignments, reports, essays, and presentations.

The course focuses on the following general competences: critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, plan and time management, oral communication, written communication, digital competence, information competence.

The following elements are compulsory:


Collaboration with the surrounding community takes place through study visits, excursions and guest lectures with stakeholders.

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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 (G2F)
Subject: Forestry Science Landscape Architecture
Course code: SV0052 Application code: SLU-30283 Location: Alnarp Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre Pace: 100%