701-1635-00L  Multifunctional Forest Management

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersM. Lévesque, M. Mayer
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


701-1635-00 GMultifunctional Forest Management
In addition to the lecture, 4 full-day excursions are obligatory to attend in order to obtain the credits.

During the autumn semester 2023, the excursions will take place the following days: Saturday 30 September, Tuesday 17 October, Friday 3 November, Saturday 11 or 18 November.
2 hrs
Thu14:15-16:00HG G 26.1 »
M. Lévesque, M. Mayer

Catalogue data

AbstractForests provide a variety of ecosystem goods and services. Multifunctional forest management attempts to control natural processes in a sustainable and near-natural way so that various requirements from the society can be met. Adaptivity to changing conditions (global changes), handling of conflicting goals and the development of alternative management strategies are of central importance.
ObjectiveAt the end of this course participants will be able:

- To describe forest management and silvicultural measures for enhancing forest resilience to climate change, increased disturbances, and invasive species, and evaluate their feasibility and effectiveness in various situations;

- To concisely describe silvicultural options for the management of multifunctional forests and critically evaluate their feasibility and suitability;

- To explain the various social expectations towards forest ecosystem services and their implications for multifunctional forest management and critically analyse conflicts and synergies resulting from different forest ecosystem services;

- To carry out research on a given topic, identify relevant literature and present the results in a structured presentation and discuss the implications for forest management.
ContentThe course will cover important topics for the sustainable management of multifunctional forests and present silvicultural strategies to fulfil a variety of forest ecosystem goods and services. Current and future challenges of forest management will be presented. The course is structured into the following sub-topics:

1) Forest management under climate change and increasing disturbances.
2) Invasive alien species: Implications for forest management.
3) Non-native tree species: Risks, opportunities and management options.
4) Silvicultural and management options in multifunctional forests.
5) Challenges and silvicultural strategies for wood production.
6) Forest management and biodiversity in temperate forests.
Lecture notesNo class notes or text books
Lecture presentations are available for download
LiteratureLiterature will be provided for the group presentations.
Prerequisites / NoticeCourse language is English. Prerequisites: Sufficient English language skills

In addition to the lectures, students need to attend 4 all-day field excursions.
Excursion topics: Forest management and climate change, Nature-based silvicultural concepts; Soil protection and forest management; Continuous cover forestry.

Participation at all 4 full-day excursions is a prerequisite for the credits.
Excursions are held in English, German and French (some German and French knowledge is good to have).

Additional field excursions focusing on silvicultural systems and multifunctional forest management will be offered during the spring semester in the optional course "Selected Topics of Multifunctional Forest Management". 9 all-day field trips will provide the possibility to consolidate theoretical knowledge, to apply it to real examples in the field, to discuss with forest practitioners and further consolidate what has been taught in this course. The additional course is an important part of the formation of the Major in Forest and Landscape and is highly recommended.
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Project Managementfostered
Social CompetenciesCommunicationassessed
Cooperation and Teamworkassessed
Leadership and Responsibilityassessed
Self-presentation and Social Influence assessed
Sensitivity to Diversityfostered
Personal CompetenciesCreative Thinkingassessed
Critical Thinkingassessed
Integrity and Work Ethicsassessed

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits5 credits
ExaminersM. Lévesque, M. Mayer
Typesession examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationoral 30 minutes
Additional information on mode of examinationGrade consists of a group presentation (compulsory continuous performance assessment, 25%) and an oral session exam (75%). The group presentations will take place between weeks 42 and 50 in the autumn semester 2023.

In addition, participation in all 4 full-day excursions is a prerequisite for the credits. The excursions in the autumn semester 2023 will take place on Saturday, 30 September; Tuesday, 17 October; Friday, 3 November; and Saturday, 11 November. If you cannot attend one excursion for good reasons (i.e., medical issues), the course leader will ask for a compulsory replacement work for the missed excursion.
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

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