Topic 12: Recent Developments in Global Issues and Processes Related to Forests (2014-2015)


Two of the most recent topics under discussion related to SFM are: SFM and the Landscape Approach and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

A Landscape is an area of land and the people depending on or relating to it, e.g. forests, mountains, hills, rivers lakes, plants and animals’, and human elements such as farms, houses, roads, and their cultural and spiritual values.

SDGs are expected to be one of the most important guiding frameworks to help the world prosper. The relationship between these two processes and SFM is the focus of this topic.

Video Lecture

Please view the following voice-over-ppt presentations and videos for this topic.

Module 4 Lecture 12 Part 1: National and International Challenges for Forestry Policy Development, and the Landscape Approach


Module 4 Lecture 12 Part 2: Balancing Trade-offs, and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)


Module 4 Lecture 12 Video 1: Integrated Landscape Approaches with James Reed


Module 4 Lecture 12 Video 2: CIFOR’s Holmgren – Forests and Climate, and The Green Climate Fund



Reflection Questions

Please answer the following self-reflection questions. After formulating your answers, you may post them online at the Knowledge Café for this course as a way to share your ideas and glean knowledge from other students’ responses.

  1. What’s the generally accepted definition of Landscapes?
  2. What are the major components of a landscape?
  3. How does the Landscape Approach relate to forests and SFM?
  4. Who is in charge of developing the SDG’s?
  5. How are forests and forestry dealt with in the latest version of the SDG’s?
  6. In your opinion, do forests deserve better incorporation into the final SDG’s?