August 5 to 21, 2014Last update: 20 January, 2014

Designing Sustainable Forest Landscape: Ecosystem Services for the Future

The University of Helsinki , Department of Forest Sciences, Viikki Tropical Resources Institute (VITRI)
August 5 to 21, 2014
490 EUR Read more
Mr. Jouni Pasanen, jouni.pasanen(at) and Mr. Adrián Monge Monge, adrian.mongemonge(at)


The future of global forest resources is a daily concern evident in international policy debate and processes. If we are to safeguard the remaining forests, we need to boost our understanding of forest ecosystem services, including those not traditionally marketed. International and national initiatives to sustain the economic potential of forest landscapes under increasing pressure from population growth need to be strengthened. In addition, new challenges such as adaptation to uncertain climatic conditions, competing land uses as well as concerns about food security and biofuels are examples of major problems forest-dependent communities and decision makers worldwide face every day. 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. 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.

Learning objectives

The objective of this intensive course is to provide learning tools and methods to analyse and identify opportunities for and threats to forest landscapes, which raise multiple expectations and perform a range of functions.

Course format and teaching methods

The course consists of:

1. a pre-course examination
2. lectures and reflection exercises on the lectures
3. excursions/field trips
4. group work
5. public seminar, and
6. informal programme such as games, documentaries and drama sessions.

The learning method is interactive, focusing on discussion and creative participation.

Course readings

The list of suggested reading for individual study and instructions for completing the pre-course assignment will be delivered via email to all students by Sunday, 6 July 2014. The deadline for the submission of the pre-course assignment is Friday, 8 August 2014.

Teachers and lecturers

The course is led by Prof. Markku Kanninen, University of Helsinki and Viikki Tropical Resources Institute and is co-ordinated by Mr Adrian Monge-Monge and Mr Jouni Pasanen. The full schedule of lecturers will be announced by the end of June 2014.

Means and criteria of assessment

Grading scale:
5 = excellent
4 = very good
3 = good
2 = average
1 = poor
0 = fail.

a. Pre-exam: 20% of final score
b. Reflection exercise: 40% of final score
c. Group report and presentation: 40% of final score
d. Excursion to Finnish institutions: no effect on final score
e. Exercises: no effect on final score.

Additional information:
a. All assignments listed on the course requirements are compulsory for all students. In order to pass the course, receive the ECTS as well as the final diploma, students must successfully complete all assignments and activities
b. If students miss a class, they must write an essay on the same subject for every missed lecture, exercise session or institutional visit. This written essay consists of one full A4 page (12-size font, 1.5 space, Times New Roman, about 600 words).

More information?

Please direct any questions concerning the content of this course to the coordinators, Mr. Jouni Pasanen, jouni.pasanen(at) and Mr. Adrián Monge Monge, adrian.mongemonge(at)

Any questions on the general arrangements (accommodation, payments, etc.) should be addressed to the Summer School's office at summer-school(at)