21st Century Climate-Smart Forestry Education for Livelihood and Sustainability in South Africa

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“Forestry educators have a responsibility to train students to manage land for both current and future generations.

We pledge to practice pedagogies that will develop knowledge and skills in our students to maintain the long-term capacity of the land to provide the variety of materials, uses, and values desired by landowners and society."

– Romi Rancken, Lead Climate-Smart Forestry Team, HAMK

About FOREST21

FOREST21 is a joint project for strengthening capacity in South African higher education in forestry. The project is implemented in collaboration of five higher education institutions (HEIs) in South Africa that have forestry curricula or will start teaching forestry.


Promoting climate-smart forestry and entrepreneurial innovativeness in forestry education will lead to job creation as well as mitigation of climate change. FOREST21 is implemented through reforming the curricula in forestry entrepreneurship education to equip graduates with problem-solving skills, an entrepreneurial mindset and climate-smart thinking. 


Problem-based learning (PBL) methods and students-centred teaching are in the centre of the project. Students learn through solving real-life business challenges on the field in international teams. FOREST21 requires close collaboration with the industrial sector as well as teachers and the managerial staff in partner HEIs to find the practices in the local context. 


FOREST21 is co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.

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