Course Objectives

By the end of this course students will be acquainted with the complex issues that influence the international forestry debate. The course will create a common foundation and provide appropriate knowledge for those who are already, or plan to be, involved in international forestry activities.

Through a discussion of global forest governance and diplomacy, students will be informed about the mandates and activities of inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations dealing with international environmental, economic, and social forestry issues with a focus on organizations associated with the United Nations, as well as other global and regional bodies.

Students will further learn about international laws in general and those dealing specifically with natural resources, as well as the science and art of international diplomacy, negotiation, bargaining, and the general principles governing the intergovernmental negotiation processes.

Upon completion of this course, the students will be able to:

  1. Discuss the complex issues that influence the international forestry debate.
  2. Communicate with intergovernmental organizations concerned with forestry.
  3. Describe the international forestry diplomacy and negotiation of global agreements.
  4. Explain the global conventions governing forests and other natural resources.
  5. Participate in inter-governmental negotiations concerned with forest, if needed.
  6. Investigate developments in the international forestry dialogue.