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Elective 2 
Plantation Forestry 
Forests and Climate Change 
Module No.  
Module name 
P 1 
Plantation Forestry 
Module coordinator 
Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c. G. Becker      Email:  institut@fobawi.uni-freiburg.de 
Additional teaching staff 
Prof. Dr. Bauhus, Dr. B. Pokorny, Dr. L. Nutto,  (Prof. Dr. Oesten – ist noch abzuklären)  
Students learn objectives, strategies, concepts and management of large scale plantation 
forestry  and pulp production as a case study. Based on the example of southamerican 
integrated forest/pulp company, 
•  The ecological, legal and social framework of forest management and pulp-
•  Soil and site conditions,  climate, selection of species including clones, soil 
preparation and fertilizing, planting  
•  Risks and pest management 
•  Stand management for pulp and sawnwood as an value added by product 
•  Harvesting strategies and transportation logistics 
•  Short, middle and long term planning based on forest inventory 
•  Products of pulp and other wood products, bio-energy 
•  Business plan 
•  markets and marketing, certification and future role of CO2-certificates 
Based upon this data tasks (groups of 5 persons each) of specific topics will be done by the 
students under supervision of experts in the corresponding subject. The aim is to analyse 
data critically and to find  solutions for specific problems or tasks. 
The students will present and discuss the outcomes with all participants of the module and 
write a final report . 

Learning goals and qualifications 
The overall learning goal is that the students learn to make a critical science and knowledge 
based evaluation of an enterprise based on plantation forestry and pulp production in order 
to optimise the management of natural resources, wood harvesting, transportation logistics 
and production processes. The students include into their assessment and decision making 
legal, social and natural restrictions in their decision taking. 
The candidates will be qualified in elaborating and / or  optimising  management and 
business plans under realistic and practical conditions, considering  existing and future socio-
economical and socio-ecological circumstances of specific countries or regions. 
The students will learn to work in a team, to discuss different point of views and at least to 
find compromises for future activities. They also will be trained in presenting results in an 
convincing and professional way and how to write detailed reports with essential information 
for further decision taking. 

Teaching and learning methods 
Case study, comprising; lecture, didactic discussion, groupwork, oral presentation, report 
Relevance/use of the module 
The module enables the students how to apply theoretical knowledge in management 
practice of an enterprise and to solve related economical, ecological and social problems. 
The training includes how to work in teams, to present results in an oral and written way to a 
specific audience is essential for the professional integration in companies. 
Requirements for registration 
Basic knowledge in forest ecology, forest management, forest utilization and forest economy; 
Distribution of work load  
Contact hours              43 h (Lectures, groupwork, oral presentation of the   
Student learning          82 h (Preparation and structuring of groupwork, oral presentations,  
                                              reading, calculations and report writing) 
Proposed assessment 
Assessment of the (final) oral presentation and of the written report of defined tasks, which 
are elaborated  by groups of 5 to 6 students. 
Link to learning resources   
Preliminary Reading 
Brown,C.. The global outlook for future wood supply from forest plantations. No. 
GFPOS/WP/03, 1-145. 2000. Rome, FAO. Working Papers.  (WEB) 
Cossalter,C., Pye-Smith,C.. Fast-Wood Forestry.  -50. 2003. Indonesia, CIFOR.  (WEB) 
FAO. The Eucalypt Dilema. FAO Working papers , 26. 1985. Rome, FAO.  (WEB) 
FAO. Afforestation and plantation forestry. Kanowski, P. J. Volume 3, Topic 12, -84. 1997. 
Rome, FAO. XI World Forestry Congress, Antalya, Turkey. 13-10-1997.  (WEB) 
FAO, 2001. State of the World´s Forest. FAO, Rome. (WEB) 
Stape,J.L.. Production ecology of clonal Eucalyptus plantations in northeastern Brazil.  -225. 
2002.  Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado.  (WEB) 

Module No.  
Module name 
P 2 
Forests and Climate Change 
Module coordinator 
Prof. Dr. Helmut Mayer   Email: helmut.mayer@meteo.uni-freiburg.de 
Additional teaching staff 
Prof. Dr. E.E. Hildebrand, Prof. Dr. H. Rennenberg, Prof. Dr. H. Spiecker, Prof. Dr. K.-R. Volz 
1. Climate Change (4 days) (Mayer/Rennenberg) 
1.1 Atmospheric processes significant to climate change (1 day) (Mayer) 
1.2 Atmospheric features of climate change (1 day) (Mayer) 
1.3 Effects of climate change on processes in trees (1 day) (Rennenberg) 
1.4 Effects of climate change on forests and biogeochemical cycles (1 day) (Rennenberg) 
2. Climate Change Policy (1 day) (Volz) 
Background, state of affairs and problems of the actual national and international policies 
and processes on climate change 
3. Soil-Atmosphere Interactions (5 days) (Hildebrand) 
3.1 The importance of soils in the global carbon cycle 
3.2 Key parameters of carbon storage and dynamics in soils 
3.3 Change of the “chemical climate” and forest soil drift 
3.4 Soils as sources and sinks of gases 
3.5 Land use change and soil carbon 
4. Impacts of Climate Change on Forest Growth (5 days) (Spiecker) 
4.1 Growth parameters as indicators for climate change (1 day) 
4.2 Growth – climate relations (1 day) 
4.3 Forest management and climate change (1 day) 
4.4 Selected case studies (2 days) 

Learning goals and qualifications 
The students will 
- realise the atmospheric fundamentals of climate change, 
- understand the interaction of increasing atmospheric CO2, increasing surface temperature, 
and enhanced UV radiation with physiological processes in trees, 
- learn the consequences of these interactions for ecosystem processes and biogeochemical 
cycles, in particular of carbon, 
- understand the actual climate change policies concerning the main actors and institutions, 
political processes and instruments, 
- understand the principles of soil-atmosphere interactions and the effects of land use 
- learn fundamentals of forest growth impacted by climate change. 

Teaching and learning methods 
Lectures, tutorials, pracs, excursions 
Requirements for registration 
Distribution of work load  
Contact hours                     80 h (Lectures, pracs, excursion, exam) 
Independent learning          45 h (Preparation, reading etc.) 
Proposed assessment 
Written exam 
Link to learning resources   
Preliminary Reading 
IPCC (2001): Climate Change 2001 – The scientific basis. Cambridge: Cambridge University 
Press. 881 S. 
Oberthür, Sebastian; Ott, Hermann (2002): Das Kyoto-Protokoll: internationale Klimapolitik 
im 21. Jahrhundert. Opladen: Leske + Budrich. 440 S. 

Basic Information


Forest Ecology and Management


Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Language of Instruction:



2 years / 4 semesters

Total number of credits:

120 ECTS

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