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

The workshop that brought together all participating institutions of the project and their students and presented an opportunity to engage with leading minds in the sector. The event was subsequently featured on national news.

The 4-days workshop through the Forest21 joint project for strengthening capacity in South African higher education in forestry is implemented in collaboration between five higher education institutions (HEIs) in South Africa that have forestry curricula or will start teaching forestry.

 

Nelson Mandela University, as one of the partners in the Forest21 initiative, hosted a workshop from 5-8 September at the George Campus. The workshop aimed to:

 

  1. Contextualize climate change, its implications for the Forest Industry and entrepreneurial opportunities towards improved sustainability.

  2. Identify and document appropriate and viable Student Challenges that can inform revised academic curricula.

  3. Further training of academics in Problem Based Learning, using draft Student Challenges.

SUMMARY PROGRAMME 

DAY 1: (5 Sept.) 

- Mini-symposium (Contextualization of Climate-smart forestry, with related socio-economic aspects)
 

DAY 2: (6 Sept.) 

- Dialogue – Identifying potential themes for Student Challenges (4 hours)

- Documentation of Student Challenges
 

DAY 3: (7 Sept.) 

-Field trip
 

DAY 4: (8 Sept.) 

- Documentation of Student Challenges, Feedback session and Critique   (PBL)

- Consolidation & Closure

FORESTRY EDUCATORS' ETHICS

“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 of the 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 the core of the project. Students learn through solving real-life business challenges in the field in international teams. FOREST21 is built on 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.

"It is exciting to use student-centred learning to drive change, innovation and entrepreneurship in communities and in partnership with the industry."

 

Watch the video greeting by the Chair of the Advisory Board for FOREST21, Dr. Kaluke Mawila, Campus Principal of the George Campus of the Nelson Mandela University.