University of Wageningen is offering two resource governance related courses in 2017: Competing claims over land resources ( February-March 2017) and Governance of landscapes, forests and people (April 2017). For both courses scholarship options are available.
Competing claims over land resources: Competition over land and natural resources is increasingly overstretching the multi-functionality of landscapes, whether it is at local or at global level. With the ambition as enshrined in numerous international conventions and national polices alike to reconcile agricultural development and the wise use of our natural resources, this places enormous pressure on resource managers to broker development outcomes that suit both agendas. It implies rethinking current natural resources management paradigms and applying new analytical frameworks to better understand conflicts, the driving forces behind them and the design of process approaches to manage them.
Governance of landscapes, forests and people: Forested landscapes worldwide are increasingly integrated in global processes of trade, market development, resource exploitation and climate change. Site-based or community level approaches can no longer cope with these issues which exceed the local sphere of influence. Although landscapes are usually considered to be appropriate levels to negotiate land use options, they are rarely recognized as units of political- administrative decision making, hence do not have any formal place in decentralized structures of states.