[F&ES 741b] / 2013-2014

Introduction to Indigenous Silviculture

Credits: 3

Spring 2014: Time and location TBA


The course will examine small-holder management systems in the tropics from several different perspectives. A brief overview of tropical forest ecology will be provided first with an emphasis on the factors that limit the nature and intensity of resource use.  An analysis of silviculture as  applied forest ecology will then follow together with a description of the major silvicultural systems employed commercially throughout the world.  The distinct operational and contextual differences between conventional and indigenous forms of forest management will be presented, and the three main types of indigenous silvicultural practice will be defined and described in detailed.  Examples from Asia, Central and South America, and Africa will be provided to illustrate each system. The relative economic, social and ecological  benefits of community forest management will be discussed in detailed, and the major constraints to a greater acceptance and application of the “conservation through sustainable use” paradigm will be highlighted. A selection of case studies will be used to examine existing policies that regulate the use, management and trade of forest resources by local communities. A final lecture/discussion will weave together these themes to assess the overall potential of managed landscapes as a viable conservation strategy