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April : Forest Ecosystems and Management Workshop 2019 (3 Days)

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3 April, 2019

Forest Ecosystems and Management Workshop 2019 (3 Days)

Forest Ecosystems and Management Workshop 2019 (3 Days)



This course examines the fundamental concepts of forest ecology and the role of forests in terrestrial ecosystems. The course will be divided into three sections, and will integrate case studies to introduce the student to current research problems in the study of forest ecology.

Section I: People and Forests evaluates the impact of humans and a growing population on forest ecosystems. The dependence of humans on forest resources and the development of forestry and forestry practices will be discussed.

Section II: Transfer, Cycling and Interactions of Energy and Nutrients will discuss the concept of ecosystems and its emergent properties, the transfer, storage and allocation of energy and nutrients (carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus etc.) and the effects of humans on these forest cycles. Interactions include the effects of solar radiation, temperature, water, wind, fire and soil on forest ecosystem productivity and diversity.

Section III: Forest Management focuses on conventional and sustainable forest management practices, forest plantations, forest fragmentation, biodiversity and climate change.



  • To introduce the fundamental concepts of forest biology and ecology, and forest management; and to introduce the major factors that lead to the interaction between people, society and forests and the development of policies for forest conservation.

Learning Outcomes:

1. People and Forests

  • Understand the fundamental issues to forest degradation that led to policy development in South Africa to protect forest ecosystems

2. Forest Biology & Ecology

  • Identify different forest biomes of the world and recognize different forest landscapes and watershed management approaches
  • Understand forest ecophysiology
  • Describe forest soils and their importance in forest ecosystem ecology

3. Forest Management

  • Wildlife, fire, measuring & monitoring, silvicultural practice
  • Understand wildlife and forest ecosystem interactions
  • Understand the positive and negative roles of fire in forest ecosystems
  • Explain how to measure and monitor forest resources
  • Describe different forest management (silvicultural) techniques

4. Forests & Society

  • Describe what is social forestry and current issues in social forestry

Course Timings:

Daily Course Timings:

08:00 - 08:20 Morning Coffee / Tea
08:20 - 10:00 First Session
10:00 - 10:20 Coffee / Tea / Snacks
10:20 - 12:20 Second Session
12:20 - 13:30 Lunch Break & Prayer Break
13:30 - 15:00 Last Session

Course Dates, Venues and Fees

Venue Current Calendar Dates
Jonannesburg Focus Rooms Sandton
24 - 26th April
Cape Town
Hilton Hotel
24 - 26th April
Sicas Guest Lodge
24 - 26th April

Request for an In-house training today and we can come to you anytime , any day .See contacts for more details.

You are able to Book for this course today.

The open training course costs only R8 999.99 per Delegate. For this price we provide:

  • Tea, coffee and cakes
  • Lunch
  • Full colour course notes
  • Written action plan
  • Certificate
  • Additional training material by means of monthly updates
  • Access to the Post Course Portal
  • Plus 3 months free telephone coaching

To answer any on-going questions, you will also receive email and telephone support from your trainer after you have attended the course. Whilst you are implementing what you have learned we will be there to help you if you need us for advice