The first part of the course will be focused on: activity of United Nations on the environment and the effects on planning and management of the rural territory. Conservation of world heritage sites (UNESCO) and FAO sites of the world rural heritage (GIAHS). European Landscape Convention. Joint program on biocultural diversity of CBD and UNESCO. EU directives on nature conservation and rural development. Activities of Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forest in Europe on cultural values. Planning in Italy: the case of Tuscany. Agricultural heritage systems in Rural Development Plans: strategies and actions. Landscape observatories: the national observatory for rural landscape. Landscape impact assessment in rural areas: the case of wind towers.
Reading material: Agnoletti M., Ed., The Conservation of Cultural Landscapes, CAB International, New York; / Agnoletti., M., 2009, Euroepan agricultural policies and landscape: effects, strategies and perspectives, in: Landscape in planning polices and governance: towards integrated spatial management, Proceedings of the seventh meeting of the workshops of the Council of Europe for the implementation of the European Landscape Convention, Piestany Slovak Republic, 24-25- April, 2008, Strasbourg, Council of Europe Publishing, 41-60; / Agnoletti M., 2005, Landscape changes, biodiversity and hydrogeological risk in the area of Cardoso between 1832 and 2002 (Regional Park of the Apuane Alps), Regione Toscana, Tipografia Regionale, Firenze; / Agnoletti M., 2006, Traditional Knowledge and the European Common Agricultural Policy (CAP): the case of the Italian National Rural Development Plan 2007-2013. In: Agnoletti M., Parrotta J., Johann E., 2006, editors, Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Forest Management: the role of traditional knowledge, IUFRO -MCPFE, Warsaw, vol 1. 19-27; / Agnoletti M., 2014, Rural landscape, nature conservation and culture: Some notes on research trends and management approaches from a (southern)European perspective, Landscape and Urban Planning. 126 (2014) 66-73.
Teaching will be based on a mixture of lectures, student discussions, student debates and other activities. In addition, you will be asked to prepare and conduct a 10 min. research presentation for the class. The topic will be discussed with the instructor in advance.
The second part of the course is organized to introduce basic knowledge of forestry, silviculture and forest management: consistency and characteristics of forest resources at global level, mainly on the basis of the results of the FAO Global Forest Resource Assessment; overview of the importance of forest resources in terms of ecosystem services production will be also outlined; main silviculture models applied to the different forest types for even aged and uneven aged forest; concepts of sustainable forest management and wood production; monitoring and inventorying systems for the acquisition of information useful to support forest management approaches; production of data on the basis of sampling designs systems and mapping approaches on the basis of remotely sensed imagery.