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Tropical Forestry 2Minor
Module code VBN4TF2VE
Minor title Dutch Minor Tropical Forestry 2
Minor title English Minor Tropical Forestry 2
Study Programme Forest and Nature Management
Competence(s) Conducting research, level 3
Management of forest and nature, level 2
Project and process management. Level3
Entrepreneurship level 2
Design of plans level 3
Communication level 3
Educational Goals Conducting research
  • student is able to collect, and analyse field data on vegetation structure and species composition of a tropical forest;
  • student is able to collect and analyse social-economic data on the use of forests by different stakeholder groups;
  • student is able to integrate social-economic and environmental data in a relatively complex setting and can recommend potential management activities
  • student is able to apply sophisticated GIS- and remote sensing technologies and to analyse environmental spatial data for monitoring the status of natural resources
  • student understands landscapes in terms of geomorphology and soils present at different spatial and temporal scales
Management of forest and nature
  • student is familiar with techniques to harmonize, sustain and optimize people’s diverse forest-based needs and demands
  • student can relate differences in landscape with respect to soils and landforms to management options
  • student has insight in a range of management interventions directed at the sustainable delivery of relevant ecosystem goods and services
  • student has knowledge and understanding of conservation practices
  • student is able to develop a harvest plan for timber- and non-timber products, based on sustainability criteria
Project and Process Management
  • student is able to work in a intercultural group to develop a constructive specific plan (using a logical framework following internationally accepted project cycle guidelines)
  • student can analyse problems from points of view of different stakeholders and turn this into development objectives
  • student is able to apply participatory methods in the planning, implementation, and monitoring of the project cycle
  • student is able to assess and evaluate costs and benefits of forest and nature management
  • student is able to identify and design sustainable green business options for local communities in forest landscapes
  • student is able to design and set up a so called payments for environmental services scheme (PES) in a tropical forest setting, including carbon offset programs (REDD+)
Design of plans
  • student is able to integrate ecological, social and economic criteria in a sustainable forest management plan
  • student knows and understands the causes and impacts of important issues in the domain of tropical forestry
  • student is able to include relevant principles of Good Governance in a forest management plan
  • student is able to prepare a management plan considering relevant conventions- laws and regulations influencing  management
  • Student understands and are able to apply the basic rules for good inter-cultural communication
  • Student has knowledge about the process of and steps in interactive communication and can position this in a development project
  • Student is able to view a problem and to assess impacts of developments from the perspective of different stakeholders;
Content/subject There is more to designing a sustainable and comprehensive forest management plan than you might think. In this minor you’ll integrate all the different aspects (ecological, economic and social) in designing a management plan in a real world setting.
A few of the things about which you’ll learn in this minor, apart from project development, are sustainable management, forest, forest ecology and socio-economic aspects of forestry. You’ll also dive into soil and landscape processes, using remote sensing and GIS. And you’ll learn about currently important global forest issues e.g. climate change and nature management.
The preparation of a forest management plan in a tropical region in a real life setting includes several activities. Like the required steps to be able to analyse a situation, to formulate a vision, to collect data and to propose alternative solutions. The forest area for which the plan will be made is an area selected in a tropical country (presumably Portugal). It includes field research (ecological, social), which is mandatory.
Target audience* Students who are interested in the role forests can play in finding solutions for the global and environmental issues of this moment, such as deforestation, loss of biodiversity, climate change, and poverty.
Added Value* Students learn how to combine different data (ecological, economic and social data) into a forest management. They’ll  work in a tropical (rain) forest setting and determine the value of the forest for the local communities. They will get experience in an international context, contribute to a better livelihood of the farmers and learn about the different aspects of tropical forestry. 
Teaching method(s) and study load There are 5 lecture-blocks covering in total 840 hours of teaching
Lectures: 50 hours
Case studies (group work): 40 hours
Practicals : 20 hours
Self-study: 40 hours
  1. proposal development (PD)– 150 hrs (lectures, practical, group work, self-study)
  2. landscape processes (LP)– 150 hrs (lectures, practical, group work, self-study)
  3. global forest issues (GFI) – 120 hrs (lectures, practical, debating session, self-study)
  4. forest use systems (FUS)– 150 hrs (lectures, practical, group work, self-study)
  5. Forest management plan (FMP) – 270 hrs (lectures, field excursion, group work)
Rating scale Numeral 1 -10 (0,1 Int - 5,5 pass).
Exams / Tests / Essays
Assessment 1
Name: TF Theory 1-PD  (Project Development):
Topics: Various stages of developing project proposal, including stakeholder analysis, participatory planning, logical framework and  forest governance
Type assessment: written
Weight: 3
Ind. or group assessment Individual assessment
Assessment 2
Name: TF Theory 2-LP  (Landscape Processes)
Topics: IGSO – Geomorphology & Soils; GIS: creating, processing & analysing spatial data using ArcGIS; Remote sensing
Type assessment: Written exam (open questions)  & computer exam: GIS skills exam. numeral 0 -10 (0,1 Int - 5,5 pass)
Weight: 3
Ind. or group assessment Individual assessment
Assessment 3
Name: TF Theory 3-GFI (Global Forest Issues)
Topics: Tropical Forest Ecology, Tropical Nature Management and Sustainable Supply Chain
Type assessment: written exam, open questions; numeral 0 -10 (0,1 Int - 5,5 pass)
Weight: 4
Ind. or group assessment Individual assessment
Assessment 4
Name: TF Theory 4: FUS (Forest Use Systems)
Topics: Forest Use Systems: NTFP, Tropical Silviculture, Community Forestry & Taxonomy
Type assessment: written exam, open questions numeral 0 -10 (0,1 Int - 5,5 pass)
Weight: 5
Ind. or group assessment Individual assessment
Assessment 5
Name: TF Competence assessment FMP
Topics: In an individual interview of 30 minutes students will be questioned about their integral knowledge on the content of the Forest Management Plan they prepared;
Type assessment: Oral exam; numeral 0 -10 (0,1 Int - 5,5 pass)
Weight: 3
Ind. or group assessment Individual assessment
Assessment 6
Name: TF Assignments – LP & PD
Topics: Assignments related to project development & landscape processes. Includes: project proposal report, GIS analysis report, remote sensing assignment
Type assessment: Portfolio of assignments;  numeral 0 -10 (0,1 Int - 5,5 pass)
Weight: 5
Ind. or group assessment Individual
Assessment 7
Name: TF FMP Report
Topics: Report on sustainable Forest Management Plan for community forest.
Type assessment: Report; numeral 0 -10 (0,1 Int - 5,5 pass)
Weight: 4
Ind. or group assessment group assessment
Assessment 8
Name: TF FMP Data Analysis/ GIS
Topics: Analysis of forest Inventory data; calculating sustainable logging volumes; Using remote sensing & ground thruthing for developing forest maps; role of maps in management of forest resources
Type assessment: Portfolio: number of assignments; numeral 0 -10 (0,1 Int - 5,5 pass)
Weight: 3
Ind. or group assessment Individual assessment
Literature and other necessities​ ITTO/IUCN (2009); ITTO / IUCN guidelines for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in tropical timber production forests. ITTO Policy Development Series no. 17
Bauhus J, v.d. Meer P., Kanninen M. (2010), Ecosystem Goods and Services from Plantation Forests, earthscan, London Washington D.C.
Jaboury Ghazoul and Douglas Sheil, Tropical Rain Forest Ecology, Diversity, and Conservation, Oxford University Press, 2010, ISBN 9780199285884
Minor coordinator Anko Stilma (
Contact person for additional information​* Anko Stilma (
Language of tuition​ Engels
Study points (credits)​ 30 EC
Form of instruction​* fulltime
Available in the following study terms:​ Term 1 en 2
Start application*  
Deadline application*  
Obligatory contact hours​* 20
Admission conditions for VHL students​ All modules of the propedeutical exam are passed
Admission conditions for external students* At least 120 credits obtained in previous bachelor programs;  Intake meeting and Acceptance of earlier obtained competences
Application documents​* CV and prove of obtained credits in earlier education at bachelor level
Maximum No. of participants / Waiting list​ No
  In order to be allowed to follow a minor a student needs official permission from the examination board of the relevant study program. For a number of study programmes (or majors) the minor has been approved in advance by the  examination board; these study programmes (or majors) are listed below. In those cases students do not need to ask permission from the examination board to follow the minor.
Contactpersoon AA Stilma (tel: 0263695609, email:
Coordinerend onderdeelVan Hall Larenstein
Minor Tropical Forestry 2 2021