Forests and Livelihoods in Developing Countries

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This interdisciplinary course explores the complex interactions between poverty, rural livelihoods, and forest resources in developing countries.  We will consider some of the dynamics that occur when impoverished people use forests in their daily lives. We will talk about the role of forests for medicines and wild foods, as sources of fuelwood and charcoal for energy, and other pressing topics that confront sustainable forest management such as the impacts of human health and diseases on forests. The course consists of modules on forests and livelihoods in developing countries, agroforestry, human health in forested environments, protected areas and their sustainability, small and medium forest enterprises (SMFEs), and  community forestry. Three cross-cutting themes (gender, tenure and forest rights, and climate change) will span all of the modules.

This course will engage you in developing a deeper understanding of the...

This interdisciplinary course explores the complex interactions between poverty, rural livelihoods, and forest resources in developing countries.  We will consider some of the dynamics that occur when impoverished people use forests in their daily lives. We will talk about the role of forests for medicines and wild foods, as sources of fuelwood and charcoal for energy, and other pressing topics that confront sustainable forest management such as the impacts of human health and diseases on forests. The course consists of modules on forests and livelihoods in developing countries, agroforestry, human health in forested environments, protected areas and their sustainability, small and medium forest enterprises (SMFEs), and  community forestry. Three cross-cutting themes (gender, tenure and forest rights, and climate change) will span all of the modules.

This course will engage you in developing a deeper understanding of the fundamental importance of forest resources in the lives and livelihoods of people in developing countries. Participants from tropical and developing countries may have lived much of what we will talk about in this course, and your experiences will deepen our understanding of the course material. Participants not from a developing country will gain a much better appreciation for the multitude of ways that people in developing countries use forest resources. Weekly videos will be complemented by readings, quizzes, and links to online resources to help you explore current scholarship in this domain. A discussion forum will enable you to delve more deeply into these issues with other participants and the course staff. The themes covered in this MOOC are important to anyone working in international forestry.

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Sushree Samantara

10/10 starsTaking Now
1 year, 8 months ago
This is one of my fav topic in environmental science. As a Ph.D I want to have deep knowledge about this topic. As an Indian i am very frequent with the practices applied in indigenous peoplr. But unlucky i can't enroll this course because of its unavailability. Please suggest me similar course where I can enroll in edx. Thanks in advance.
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7/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 4 months ago
very boring class. the prof read from books all the time....not enough depth and after 20-30 mins of listening to her reading from the book, you can't help fall asleep...
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4 years, 8 months ago
My expectation from the course is very good and more so than I had ever imagined. As a doctoral student researching the area, it is enlightening my imagination on how I can shape the methodology of my research project. I particularly like the way concepts are dealt with in relation to Forest resources and health issues. I would like to see more interactive communication with tutor and learners during delivery of the course. I am not quite sure this something that is provided by MOOCS facilities.
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4 years, 7 months ago
This has been an excellent course. Our human relationship and dependence on forests for most of the people, mostly poor, in the world is covered brilliantly and succinctly. The information is well paced and thorough. You can't rush through it though, just listen carefully.
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