Minimum 5 cr on tropical ecology and/or silviculture, e.g. TROP140, TROP280 or corresponding knowledge.
The student will learn to identify and explain the role of tropical forests in mitigation and adaption of climate change. The student will learn to analyze the potential and challenges of tropical forests in climate change mitigation through REDD+ and in A/R CDM mechanisms. The student will also learn to identify and analyze options for ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change in the Tropics.
M.Sc. 3rd-4th year and Ph.D. studies, IV period. Offered in odd-numbered years.
Basic concepts and ecological basis of climate change mitigation and adaptation measures; the role of tropical forests in global carbon cycle; A/R CDM and REDD+ mechanisms; challenges of implementing REDD+; analysis of vulnerability of tropical forests to climate change; adapting tropical forests to climate change; the role of tropical forests in ecosystem-based adaptation of societies.
Contact teaching 26 – Group work 12 – Self-study 96
Course handouts and other materials distributed during the course are available in the web. The following literature is optional:
• Angelsen, A., Brockhaus, M., Kanninen, M., Sills, E., Sunderlin, W.D., Wertz-Kanounnikoff, S. 2009. Realising REDD+: National strategy and policy options. CIFOR. 361 p.
• Kanninen, M., Murdiyarso, D., Seymour, F., Angelsen, A., Wunder, S. & German. L. 2007. Do Trees Grow on Money? The implications of deforestation research for policies to promote REDD. CIFOR. 61 p.
• Locatelli, B., Kanninen, M., Brockhaus, M., Pierce Colfer, C.J., Murdiyarso, D. & Santoso, H. 2008. Facing an Uncertain Future? How forests and people can adapt to climate change. CIFOR. 86 p.
Exam, individual reports, presentation of written and oral group work report. Attendance will be taken into account in final grading.
When you have agreed with your teacher that you are doing the exam in exam aquarium, you must first enroll in weboodi. After your teacher has done the exam for you in examinarium, you can book an exam time in http://blogs.helsinki.fi/examinarium-en/instructions-for-students/
You can complete the course 3 or 5 credits.