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Forest, Landscape Restoration, Management & Forest Governance Course.

April 15 @ 8:00 am - April 26 @ 5:00 pm EAT

Forest, Landscape Management & Forest Governance and Application of GIS Training.

Governance remains one of the critical challenges for sustainable forest management across Africa.
Despite several attempts by governments to sustainably manage the forests, the forest covers has
drastically reduced in the last decade. Forests by their nature are long-term enterprises, and the forest
owner’s expects outcomes, like the forest conditions many years into the future, require actions today
and over time to ensure these outcomes occur.
Learning Outcomes
The overall objective of this training is to promote understanding on the relationship between forest,
landscape management and governance as strategy for achieving the objectives of the forest sector.
The training will also major on the application of GIS and remote sensing in better management of the
At the end of the course delegate should be able to:
• Have a better understanding of the drivers of forest degradation and forest loss in the country.
• Move beyond explaining forest degradation from a viewpoint of scientific or technical
narratives as the obvious explanations for failure in ensuring sustainable forest management
in the country.
• Better understand the power relations among the forest sector actors and how such power
relations influence, shape or sometimes disrupt decision-making and action in the sector.
• Act more purposeful in developing policy-influencing advocacy actions and strategies to
address governance deficiencies in the forest sub- sector.
• Describe the role of natural disturbance (fire, insects, disease etc.) in shaping boreal forests
• Describe forest management policy and legislation
• Describe what is meant by ecosystem-based approach to managing for biological diversity and
other non-timber values.
• Describe the various silvicultural systems, reforestation, and stand tending practices used in
operational forestry and evaluate their appropriateness for boreal forests and for different
• Have hands on skills on GIS and remote sensing
Training Modules
Forest & Landscape Management
Introduction to Forest Management
• The Forest Resource
• History of Forestry in Canada
• Forest and wood products
• Current Forest Management definition and principles
Forest Ecology
• Ecology review
• All about trees
• Silvics
• Ecosystem Classification
• The Boreal Forest
Disturbance Ecology
• Resilience
• Fire
• Pests and Diseases
• Human impacts
• Disturbance in the Boreal forests
Forest Management Planning
• Approaches and Methods in Forest Management
• Legislation
• Land Use Planning
• Forest Management Planning process and Yukon FMPs
• Timber and Non-Timber Forest Products
• First Nations agreements and forest management
• Ethics and public accountability
Forest Operations
• Inventory
• Silvicultural Systems
• Engineering
• Harvest operations
• Disturbance management – Forest Health
• Monitoring
Forest Industry Issues
• Climate Change and the future of forests
• Carbon storage
• Forest Economics and global trade
• Current Canadian and global issues
The concept of governance and implications to forest resources management
Pillars and principles of governance
• Pillars and Principles of forest governance
• Challenges to forest governance across Africa and beyond
• Current initiatives and required reforms
Forest Governance in the context of Africa
• The context of forest governance
• The Concept of Nature, Wealth and Power
• Building blocks of effective forest sector management
• Governance challenges of the forest sector.
• Current response mechanisms
• Characteristics of good governance
Global Sphere of Forest Governance
• Introduction to spheres of forest governance
• International forest-related instruments and political commitments.
• Regional and sub-regional sphere of forest governance.
• National and local spheres of forest governance.
Public Trust doctrine and selected Principles of Environmental Law applicable to Forest
• The concept of public trust doctrine
• The public trust doctrine and its applicability in Africa
• Key environmental law principles – intergenerational responsibility, precautionary principle, sustainability
principle, participation principles and Intergenerational responsibility.
Institutional framework for Forest Governance
• Classification of institutions
– Statutory versus administrative institutions
– Mandate or functional classification
• Functions and mandates of forest sector institutions
• Institutional architecture and forest governance
Policy and Legal framework for Forestry Governance
• The policy processes
• Legal framework for forest governance
• Policies governing the forest resources
Impact of Public Policies on Forest Sector Development and Governance
• The concept of public policy
• Sub-sectors in the ENR-sector and cross-sector impacts
Geographical Information System (GIS) & Remote Sensing
• Introduction to GPS, GIS and Remote Sensing Principles
• Data Acquisition: Using Mobile based GPS (ODK), Kobo Toolbox
• Data Acquisition: Extraction of feature from other sources
• Database Design and development
• Editing and management of GIS
• Integrating Imagery and Remote Sensing into GIS
• Introduction to cartographic visualization and the mapping process
• Online Publishing of maps and GIS outputs
Way forward After the Training
Participants will develop a work plan through the help of facilitators that stipulates application of skills acquired in
improving their organizations. ASPM will continuously monitor implementation progress after the training.
Training Evaluation:
Participants will undertake a simple assessment before the training to gauge knowledge & skills, another assessment
will be done after the training in-order to monitor knowledge gained through the training.


April 15 @ 8:00 am - April 26 @ 5:00 pm


+254 737 022726


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+254 737 022726

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