- Code ENVS3041
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Environmental Science
- Areas of interest Forestry, Geography, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Resource Management and Environmental Science
Forested landscapes are diverse, and are managed for a diversity of values, goods and services. They deliver a suite of ecosystem services, at scales ranging from local to global. Forested landscapes may include some or all of native, plantation, farm and urban forest systems, as well as non-forest land uses. They range from ecologically intact to highly simplified systems; some are managed solely for their intrinsic (non-monetary) values, while others managed primarily for commercial production. Management approaches, constraints and opportunities are correspondingly diverse, although all should be underpinned by the principles of system resilience.
This course considers conceptual frameworks for managing forested landscapes with case studies of native, plantation, farm and urban forestry. Classroom learning is informed by numerous guest speakers, local field trips and discussion fora. We explore the translation of theory, policies and principles into practice by undertaking a major project analysing forest system resilience, policy options and practices of a particular form of forested landscape. We then share our learning with others in the course. The course complements other Fenner School courses on policy and management of natural resources.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On satisfying the requirements of this course, you will be able to:
- Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the diversity of forms of forested landscapes and systems, both internationally and in Australia;
- Identify and analyse the diversity of values gained from forested landscapes, and the objectives for which they are managed, both internationally and in Australia;
- Identify and analyse relevant governance and management regimes, both internationally and in Australia;
- Convincingly communicate your advanced understanding of forest governance and management concepts, principles, policies and practices.
Indicative AssessmentAssessment will be based on:
- Learning portfolio reflecting on lectures and field classes (LO 1,2, 3) (25%)
- Forum co-facilitation (LO4, 10%)
- Blog on an agreed forested landscape topic (LO 1,2,3,4) (15%)
- Written project report – an assessment of a forested landscape of your own choosing (LO 2,3,4) (40%)
- Seminar presentation of project assessment (LO 2,3,4) (10%)
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60 contact hours, comprising lectures, seminars, workshops and field classes
Requisite and Incompatibility
Australian Government. Australia State of the Forests Report 2013 (Executive Summary) http://www.agriculture.gov.au/abares/forestsaustralia/sofr/sofr-2013
Food & Agriculture Organisation (UN). State of the World’s Forests 2016. http://www.fao.org/publications/sofo/en/Resilience Alliance. Key concepts. https://www.resalliance.org/key-concepts
Assumed KnowledgeENVS3014 Ecological Assessment and Management is recommended.
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