Course code MežZ5014

Credit points 8

Forest Economics and Policy

Total Hours in Course320

Number of hours for lectures80

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes48

Date of course confirmation18.02.2014

Responsible UnitDepartment of Wood Processing

Course developer

author Kokapstrādes katedra

Henn Tuherm

Dr. habil. sc. ing.

Course abstract

The study course provides knowledge of fundamentals of forest economics and policy, the forest as a capital and its value. Specific forms of silviculture as a business activity in context of the principle of forest management sustainability will be analyzed. Students will get acquainted with the principles of the Forest Policy analysis, with the multi-level politics and European forest policy, as well as with the role of State and public participation in policy process.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

• Students will gain extended knowledge about processes of forest economics and policy, policy formation, methods of studies, information processing and use.
• Students obtain skills necessary for practical studies, analysis and using information, connected with the problems of forest economics and policy.
• As a result students will be competent at independently evaluating and analysing theoretical and practical aspects of forest economics and policy as well as integrating knowledge and skills in their further professional career.

Compulsory reading

1. Krott M. Forest Policy Analysis. [tiešsaiste]. Dordrecht, Springer, 2005. 323 p. [skatīts 05.09.2014.]. Pieejams: 2. Challenges in Strengthening of Forest Capacities for Forest Policy Development in Countries with Economies in tradition. L.Jansky, R.Nevenic, I.Tikkanen and B.Pajari (ed-s). Tokio: United Nations Unversity, 2004. 459 p.
3. Tuherms H., Svikle Z. Meža īpašuma vērtēšana. No: Pārskata lekcija maģistra studiju programmas speciālā kursa ieguvei. Jelgava: LLU, 2010. 67 lpp.
4. Zālītis P. Mežkopības priekšnosacījumi. Rīga: SIA LVMI "Silava" Et cetera, 2006. 217 lpp.

Further reading

1. Forestry in Changing Societies in Europe: Teaching module. [tiešsaiste]. Tuherm H. et al. Joensuu: University Press, 2000. 480 p. [skatīts 05.09.2014.] Pieejams:
2. Tuherms H., Bāra G. Meža zemes transformācija. No: Pārskata lekcija maģistra studiju programmas speciālā kursa apguvei. Jelgava: LLU, 2009. 53 lpp.
3. Tuherms H., Gulbe I. Meža politika un tās realizācijas problēmas Latvijas valsts mežos. No: Pārskata lekcija maģistra studiju programmas speciālā kursa apguvei. Jelgava: LLU, 2009. 46 lpp.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Starptautiskais žurnāls "Forest Policy and Economics": ISSN 1389-9341. Pieejams LLU tīklā datubāzē Science Direct
2. Starptautiskais žurnāls "Journal of Forest Economics": ISSN 1104-6899. Pieejams LLU tīklā datubāzē Science Direct
3. Starptautiskais žurnāls "Baltic Forestry": ISSN 1392-1355.