Finland, Helsinki

Managing Sustainable Forest Landscapes

when 6 August 2019 - 22 August 2019
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 6 ECTS
fee EUR 1180

This course seeks to enhance our understanding of forest ecosystem services, not least as the future of global forest resources is a daily concern in international policy debate and processes.

International and national initiatives need to be strengthened to sustain the economic potential of forest landscapes under increasing pressure from population growth. In addition, new challenges such as adaptation to uncertain climatic conditions, competing land uses as well as concerns about food security are examples of major problems faced every day by forest-dependent communities and decision makers worldwide.

All these drivers of change call for integrated and multidisciplinary approaches to incorporate landscape management in a way that both encourages immediate innovative action and sets targets for finding sustainable solutions. For these reasons, forests and industrial plantations have become an important part of the global natural resource puzzle. A broader framework should thus include flexible management schemes to allow for effective participation of local communities, and the establishment of cost-efficient production systems (e.g., plantations, agroforestry), which can generate an adequate flow of commercial products, ecosystems services and livelihood improvements.

For a functional framework, however, international and national initiatives for good governance, transparency, efficiency and equity must be integrated into the planning process. It is the complex web of interrelated issues that this course brings to the fore.

Course leader

The course is led by Prof. Markku Kanninen, Viikki Tropical Resources Institute, University of Helsinki, and is coordinated by Mr Adrián Monge Monge.

Teachers include experts from different organisations in the public, private and civil sectors.


Target group

This course examines forestry from an interdisciplinary and global perspective. The focus will be on ecosystem services that forests provide, and the students should therefore have at least a basic understanding of ecosystem functions. Master's or Doctoral degree students are warmly invited as are young professionals in a field related to the course topics. In addition, professionals already in working life may want to take this course to update their skills.

Course aim

The objective of this intensive course is to provide tools and methods to analyse and identify opportunities for managing forested landscapes for multiple benefits while maintaining their functioning and resilience.

Fee info

EUR 1180: Degree and PhD students. Includes the regular course fee (990 EUR) excursion expenses (190 EUR).
EUR 1680: Professionals. Includes the regular course fee (1490 EUR) excursion expenses (190 EUR).