FOREST POLICIES AND GOVERNANCE: MANAGING CONFLICTS

Second cycle degree in FOREST SCIENCE - SCIENZE FORESTALI (Ord. 2014) (discontinued)

Campus: LEGNARO (PD)

Language: English

Teaching period: First Semester

Lecturer: LAURA SECCO

Number of ECTS credits allocated: 6


Syllabus
Prerequisites: No pre-requirements requested.
Examination methods: The students are required to deal with 3 types of compulsory tasks during the course:

1) Oral presentation and discussion of slides (Power Point file) on selected scientific papers related to the course’s topic.
2) Classroom exercises, classroom role games and eventual home assignments.
3) Final oral examination based on open-ended questions and discussion with the teacher.

Activities 1 and 2 might take place in working groups. Activity 3 will be strictly individual.
Course unit contents: The course deepens the concept of forest policy and governance models intended to solve conflicts in link with deforestation and unsustainable management of forest. Central themes are: (i) forest policy and policy reforms at global, regional, national and local levels; (ii) the international dialogue on forests and certification systems: the opposite views and examples of conflicts; (iii) different visions on new modes of governance; (iv) governance and ‘good governance’ concepts applied to forest sector; (v) forest governance assessment initiatives; (vi) multi-actor, multi-sector and multi-level governance; (vii) governance and public participation in conflicting situations, negotiation procedures;(viii) sustainability, multifunctionality and cross-sectoral impact concepts as discussed for forest policy analysis; (ix) various examples (case-studies from European, Mediterranean and tropical areas) related to: national forest policy formulation processes, forest certification initiatives, community-based forestry, forest-based rural development projects, human-nature conflicts (e.g. biodiversity protection-resources exploitation conflicts).