People concerned with the stewardship of trees and forests increasingly are required to be conversant with a range of technical issues about which they are often poorly informed. With ever increasing public awareness of environmental issues, forestry remains a key consideration for policy formulation in many parts of the tropics. For these reasons there is a growing demand for training and information in a wide range of disciplines which are focused on important and rapidly changing technical considerations. The TFRG, with its collective wealth of experience in tropical forestry, is uniquely placed to provide training in the most recent techniques currently being applied to modern forestry. The main aim of the course is to update participants on a wide range of techniques currently being utilised in tropical forestry and consequently it concentrates on those areas where new methods are having the greatest impact. The course is run as a group of inter-related modules each of which is co-ordinated by a member of the Tropical Forest Resource Group.
Current Methods in Tropical Forestry is a course designed for mid-career professional foresters needing to bring themselves up-to-date with the full range of current technical issues; environmental managers concerned with forestry issues; land-use planners advising on forestry related matters; forestry research managers; and conservation professionals concerned with forestry issues. The minimum educational requirement is an advanced diploma. Graduate degree participants are expected to have a working knowledge of biological sciences as they are related to forestry.
Lectures will be presented by staff working and researching in their specialist fields providing a feel for current awareness in the field and based usually at their home institution. Seminars, tutorials and structured discussion will also be encouraged. Practical instruction will be provided as appropriate to the techniques being considered. A case study programme has also been introduced as part of the course with the objective of providing participants with the opportunity to explore the practical relevance of the techniques that are being taught throughout the 9 weeks within a specific project context. A networked computer teaching laboratory will be available to participants throughout the course. The teaching will be supplemented by field visits within the UK and continental Europe.