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  1. Lincoln University and SarawakSustainable Tropical Forest Management

  2. The Changing Role of the Forest or Camp Manager • ITTO mission to Sarawak in 1989/90 • 3 recommendations for SFM including improving human resources

  3. The Changing Role of the Forest or Camp Manager • ITTO mission to Sarawak in 1989/90 • Forest management increasingly complex • Move to sustainable management practices • Multiple objective forestry

  4. The Changing Role of the Forest or Camp Manager • ITTO mission to Sarawak in 1989/90 • Forest management increasingly complex • Expected to manage forest operations to meet the needs of forest certification and sustainable forest management • Malaysian Timber Certification started 1998 • Environmental, social and economic factors

  5. The Changing Role of the Forest or Camp Manager • ITTO mission to Sarawak in 1989/90 • Forest management increasingly complex • Expected to manage forest operations to meet the needs of forest certification and sustainable forest management • Need for more skills

  6. Postgraduate Diploma • Collaborative effort of the Sarawak Timber Association and Lincoln University • Cooperation from the Sarawak Forestry Corporation and the Sarawak Forest Department • Advisory Board • Forest Department Sarawak • MTCC • FAO • ITTO • WWF • WCS • UNIMAS

  7. Lincoln University • One of eight New Zealand government universities • Established as a School of Agriculture in 1878 and in 1896 offered its first degree National and international recognition • commerce • agriculture • natural resources • science • engineering • social science

  8. International Experience • International links with a number of universities • First New Zealand university to teach a New Zealand degree off-shore • Bachelor of Commerce and Management degree through Universiti Tenaga Nasional, Malaysia in the mid-1990s • Park ranger certificate with Forest Department Sarawak • Bachelor of Landscape Architecture in Singapore • Master of Natural Resources Management and Ecological Engineering involves one year each at BOKU University in Vienna, Austria and Lincoln University

  9. Master of Professional Studies • An advanced management qualification aimed at middle and senior managers who wish to build upon their experience • Part time, off-campus study • Mixture of self-study, seminars and lectures • Meetings held in regional centres • Forestry business specialisation

  10. Postgraduate Diploma (Applied Science) (Sustainable Tropical Forest Management) • Collaborative effort of the Sarawak Timber Association and Lincoln University • Initiated and funded by the Sarawak Timber Association • Degree offered by Lincoln University • Jointly managed • Content specific to tropical forest management in Sarawak • Combination of Lincoln University lecturers and local Sarawak forestry specialists • Graduates eligible to proceed to a Masters thesis

  11. Why a Postgraduate Degree? • Level of understanding required • Key theories and concepts in SFM • Exposure to tools and techniques for forest management • Use this background to analyse forestry problems • How all elements work together for sustainable forestry • MBA-style approach • Forestry for non-forester managers

  12. What Do Managers Need to Know?

  13. Delivering the Programme • The target student population

  14. The Typical Student Works in a remote camp Experienced manager but no first degree Needs to study part time Has a business degree Last in a classroom in 1980 Only has head office experience

  15. Delivering the Programme • The target student population • Provides key constraints • Weak study and writing skills • Part-time study • Short absences from workplace • Mix of teaching approaches • Intensive teaching weeks • Use of distance education techniques

  16. Intensive Teaching Weeks

  17. Distance Education

  18. Teaching Strategy • ‘Orientation to University Studies’ • One week course • Literature review, research writing • Project based assessment • Focus on applying new skills • Mirror working environments • Each module based around analytical skills and data collection for one project

  19. Personal Benefits

  20. Benefits for Employers

  21. Benefits - Ability to Lead (Number of Respondents)

  22. Research • Low impact logging productivity • Helicopter • Logfisher (swing yarder) • Community-based forest management • Ecosystems services • REDD+ • Forest certification