Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

International Postgraduate Course European Forest Resources and the Bio-Economy

Date: 27 November 2016 - 02 December 2016
Location: Hotel De Bosrand, Ede, the Netherlands

Within Europe, forests cover 36% of the land area and are one of the most important types of land use for biodiversity conservation, storage of carbon and provision of renewable raw materials for the bio-economy. Under the bio-economy the demand for wood is expected to increase rapidly, both to produce new products, traditional products, as well as for energy. How to fulfil this increasing demand sustainably given the trade-offs with other functions, is a large challenge for forest management and policy in Europe. In addition, Europe will most likely come to depend far more on its own forest resources in the future, as other continents show a rapid demand increase as well. Thus, for sustainable multifunctional forest management, the tension between increasing and varying demands from society on the one hand, and increased pressure from climate change and other environmental changes on the other hand, is currently highly relevant. This course addresses the role of European forests in the bio-economy and the changes that are taking place in management and forest industry such as: European forest resources, management and governance challenges, new demands in bioenergy & bio-economy, changes in demand from industry, criteria for Sustainable Forest Management and for solid biomass production, and trade-off issues with biodiversity. To address the elements above, we aim to bring together experts on European forest ecology, but also experts from industry, economics, and policy. At the same time, we plan to organise excursions to field sites as well as companies dealing in forest products.

Course FrequencyEvery two years, within the ELLS (Euro League for Life Sciences) network
Prior knowledgeBasic knowledge of forest ecoloy is assumed
Intended credits1.5 ECTS
Course organisationThe C.T. de Wit Graduate School for Production Ecology and Resource Conservation (PE&RC)
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