Dr Terry C.H. Sunderland
Dr Terry C.H. Sunderland
FRST 559 Natural Resource Management (Masters in International Forestry): Natural resource planning has traditionally focused on a single sector – forests are primarily managed for sustainable timber, ecosystem services (e.g., clean water, carbon storage, biodiversity) and other economic products; agricultural lands are managed for crop yields; freshwater aquatic systems are managed for water provision and fisheries. But landscapes are multifunctional and interactions between these systems are commonplace; for example, the greatest cause of deforestation globally is clearance for agriculture. Yet many rural people depend simultaneously on the interaction between forests, agriculture and the wider environment for their livelihoods, health, food security and nutrition. Indeed, much of the world’s food originates in complex and diverse landscape mosaics. Managing forestry, agriculture, and livelihoods in an integrated fashion is thus critical to achieve sustainable development. Given the contribution of forests and other systems both to rural livelihoods and our wider society, this course will be underpinned by an integrated landscape approach to natural resources planning and will pay reference to global policy processes such as the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). This approach represents a broad systems framework that integrates agriculture, the natural environment, different livelihood systems, and socio-ecological interactions towards a global sustainable development strategy.
CONS 452 Global Perspectives Capstone: In this course, we hope you will weave together the many strands of your learning over the last four years to synthesize the linkages between the multiple (and sometimes conflicting) facets of sustainability in social-ecological systems. We will do this through the lens of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a comprehensive collection of global goals adopted in 2015 as a blueprint for a more sustainable, equitable, peaceful, and prosperous future for all. These ambitious goals highlight the immense challenges that we currently face on the planet, as well as the potential conflicts in achieving these goals simultaneously. For example, how can we protect Life on Land (Goal 15) while achieving Zero Hunger (Goal 2) when agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation? You will also have the opportunity to direct your own learning through a team project selected and designed by you and your teammates.
In the first part of the course, you will complete a series of activities (conceptual mapping, quantitative labs, debates) to develop frameworks for resilient socio-ecological systems, and evaluate the SDGs and linkages between them within these frameworks. A typical week will begin with a lecture on Monday to introduce the weekly topic, a hands-on activity on Tuesday to apply your knowledge, a ‘complicating’ lecture on Wednesday to push us to think more deeply, and a final hands-on activity on Thursday to synthesize our learnings. You will also lay the ground work for your projects (usually on M/W after lectures) by selecting your study area, completing a literature review, brainstorming good questions and searching for the data to answer them.
The second part of the course will be devoted primarily to working on your team projects. You will have multiple opportunities to present your work both informally for feedback (ungraded) and as more formal (graded) presentations. We will also devote several sessions to professional development topics, including exercises to help you plan your next steps after finishing your degree, and on effectively communicating your work to different audiences.
We will finish the course with final public presentations of the best projects in the class. We are always proud of the high caliber projects that emerge from this class and look forward to learning along with you.
Guest lecturer: FRST 495 (Biological diversity and forest management) / FRST 444 (Agroforestry)
The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) is a leader in global research on the most pressing challenges of forest and landscape management. CIFOR scientists have considered landscape-scale interactions between multiple stakeholders and their environment through numerous pioneering programs that have attempted to reconcile the objectives of biodiversity conservation and socio-economic development.
Explore this site to learn more about ongoing research into these critical landscape issues – particularly, research via the project “Collaborating to Operationalise Landscape Approaches for Nature, Development and Sustainability (COLANDS).” This project is working with CIFOR, the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) and other partners to conduct innovative research related to landscapes, including forestry and other productive processes; as well as the essential work of engaging multiple stakeholders.
The Sunderland Lab is based in the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. The lab is led by Dr. Terry Sunderland, Professor in the Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences. Our research is focused on applied research, biodiversity, conservation sustainable resource management, and linkages to levering policy influence. For more details, please visit the ‘Research‘ page. To get recent updates on our work, please follow SunderlandLab and Dr. Terry Sunderland on Twitter!
The UBC Farm is a 24-hectare multi-functional production and conservation area located on the unceded and ancestral territory of the Musqueam First Nation at the campus of University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada. The UBC Centre for Sustainable Food Systems (CSFS) is located at the UBC Farm, and offers teaching, learning and scientific research opportunities. The farm is organic certified and the crops are sold on campus and local markets. The CSFS promotes innovative food systems that support ecosystem services, biodiversity and traditional indigenous ecological knowledge.
Juxtaposed with the agricultural production systems at the UBC Farm is a large area of second growth forest that is currently classified as an area for agroforestry. This remnant forest is composed of a variety of tree species including: western red cedar, coastal Douglas fir, western hemlock, grand fir, yellow cedar, big leaf maple, red alder, black cottonwood, paper birch, cascara, bitter cherry, snowy mountain ash, noble fir and arbutus. While this forest is not currently actively managed for agroforestry or forestry production, it provides an unparalleled resource on campus for research and learning. However, despite close collaboration between the CSFS and the Faculty of Forestry over the years, there is no detailed inventory information as to the composition of the remaining forest. We are proposing to undertake a 100% inventory of all trees >10cm diameter at breast height (dbh), identify and record them in an agreed database format, and share the data on an open-source platform for students and researchers at UBC to access. This will provide the necessary baseline for further research on urban forestry, ecosystem services, biodiversity, climate change, potential sustainable timber production, and agroforestry, among others, to take place. The inventory will also help in locating invasive plant species, which can then be removed as necessary. The inventory represents an essential tool for the sustainable management of the remaining forest on the UBC Farm. In short, if we don’t know what is there, we cannot manage it!
Current Graduate Students
Post Doctoral Fellows and Research Assistants
Previous Students, Post Doctoral Fellows and Research Assistants
- Adeyanju, S. 2018-2020. The biodiversity of sacred groves in Western Nigeria. Master’s Thesis research, University of British Columbia, Canada. Committee Member.
- Langston, J. 2015-2019. The political economy of spatial development initiatives. PhD research. James Cook University, Australia. Co-supervision with Jeffrey Sayer.
- Ahammad, R. 2014-2019. Reconciling livelihoods and conservation in the forested landscapes of Bangladesh. PhD research, Charles Darwin University, Australia. Co-supervision with Natasha Stacey.
- O’Hagen, R. 2017. The contribution of agroforestry to food security in West Java, Indonesia: A review of the evidence. Master’s Thesis research, National University of Ireland, Galway. Co-supervision with Charles Spillane.
- Reed, J. 2015-2017. Integrated landscape approaches: From conceptualisation to realization. PhD research. Lancaster Environment Centre, University of Lancaster, UK. Co-supervision with Jos Barlow.
- Laurio L. 2015-17. Biodiversity and livelihoods in Kupuas Hulu, Kalimantan. MSc research, Faculty of Human Ecology, Institut Pertanian Bogor, Indonesia. Supervisor.
- Rahman, S.A. 2010-2017. Increasing tree cover in agricultural landscapes: What are the trade-offs amongst different ecosystem services? PhD research, University of Wales, Bangor and CIFOR. Co-supervision with John Healey.
- Yengo, C. 2014-2016. The relationship between trees and nutrition in West Africa. MSc research, University of Cape Coast, Ghana. Co-supervision with Amy Ickowitz.
- Deakin, E. Post-Doctoral Fellow. 2014-2016. Landscape approaches, agrarian change and food systems. CIFOR. Supervisor.
- Powell, B. Post-Doctoral Fellow. 2012-2014. Forests for food security and nutrition. CIFOR. Supervisor.
- Asaha, S. 2014-2015. Land use change and its influence on rural livelihoods, food security and biodiversity conservation in the Manyemen – Nguti landscape, South West, Cameroon. MSc Research, Pan African Institute for Development, Buea, Cameroon. Supervisor.
- Sakana, N. Post-Doctoral Fellow. 2014-2015. Sustainable intensification and landscape configuration, Zambia. CIFOR with the University of Michigan, USA. Supervisor.
- Gonmadje, C. Post-Doctoral Fellow. 2012-2015. Forest dynamics and carbon in Central Africa. CIFOR with the University of Yaoundé, Cameroon. Supervisor.
- Qie, L. Post-Doctoral Fellow. 2012-2015. Forest dynamics and carbon in Asia. CIFOR with the University of Leeds, UK. Co-supervisor with Simon Lewis.
- Klingenberg, K. 2013-2014. The institutional framework for Payments for Environmental Services (PES) in Indonesia. MSc research, University of Oldenberg, Germany. Supervisor.
- Mboh, H. 2013-2014. Diagnostic analysis of land use types in communities within agro – industrial expansion areas: Case study CDC and SG SOC in the South West Region of Cameroon. MSc research, University of Dschang, Cameroon. Supervisor.
- Nawir, A. 2010-2014. Strategies to enhance the implementation of small-scale commercial tree-growing in Indonesia. PhD research, Australian National University. Co-supervision with Peter Kanowski.
- Preece, L. 2006-2013. Integrated conservation and development projects: synergies and trade-offs between development and biodiversity conservation in the Lower Mekong. PhD research, Charles Darwin University, Australia and CIFOR. Co-supervision with Bruce Campbell.
- Daley, M. 2011-2012. Agent-based modelling and online role playing games : Understanding agroforestry management strategies in India. Memoire de fin d’études pour l’obtention du titre d’Ingénieur de Bordeaux Science Agro. Ecole Nationale Superieure des Sciences Agronomiques de Bordeaux Aquitaine (Masters equivalent). Co-supervision with Claude Garcia.
- Kouakou, L. 2006-2008. Le gestion durable des rotins de Côte d’Ivoire. MSc Thése. Universitaire de Science Agronomique de Gembloux, Belgium. Co-supervision with Franz Bongers.
- Itamouna, R. M. 2006. Caracteristiques Des Nids De Chimpanzés Au Sud Du Sanctuaire De Faune De Banyang-Mbo Province Du Sud-Ouest. Mémoire de fin d’étude, Diplôme D’Ingénieur des Eaux, Forêts et Chasse, Departement De Foresterie Faculté D’agronomie Et Des Sciences Agricoles, Université De Dschang, Cameroon. Supervisor.
- Kum, Constance. 2005. Community participation in the conservation of non-timber forest products (NTFPs) in the Banyang-Mbo Wildlife Sanctuary, Cameroon. Pre-professional internship. National Forestry School Mbalmayo. Supervisor.
- Ngameni, S. 2005. Taxonomie des Raphias du Cameroun. Masters Thesis, Dept. de Biologie et Physiologies Vegetales, Universite de Yaounde 1. Supervisor.
- Wirba, Emmanuel. 2005. Poaching and anti-poaching in the Banyang-Mbo Wildlife Sanctuary, Cameroon. Pre-professional internship, National Forestry School Mbalmayo. Supervisor.
- Louanga, A.F.H. 2005. Etude des characteristiques socio-economique de produits forestieres non-ligneux dans quatre localities frontières de Nigeria. Mémoire de fin d’étude, Diplôme D’Ingénieur des Eaux, Forêts et Chasse, Departement De Foresterie Faculté D’agronomie Et Des Sciences Agricoles, Université De Dschang, Cameroon. Supervisor.
- Ndioro, E.J.P. 2003. Effet de l’introduction du Cecropia peltata au Jardin Botanique de Limbe sur l’ecosysteme. Mémoire de fin d’étude, Diplôme D’Ingénieur des Eaux, Forêts et Chasse, Departement De Foresterie Faculté D’agronomie Et Des Sciences Agricoles, Université De Dschang, Cameroon. Supervisor.
- Mboh, H. 2001. A vegetation assessment of the Takamanda Forest Reserve, Cameroon and a comparison between the Campo Ma’an and Ejagham Forest Reserves. Memoir presented in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Diploma of ‘Ingenieur des Eaux, Forets, et Chasse’, University of Dschang, Cameroon. Supervisor.
- Scales, I. 2001. The moabi tree (Baillonella toxisperma): use and conflicts in the Mokoko River Forest Reserve, South West Cameroon. MSc in Anthropology and Ecology of Development. University of London, UK. Co-supervision with Philip Burnham.
No time to waste: Tropical forests becomes source of warming (9th March 2020)
Lifting the barriers to improve women and child health in Komodo (28th April 2020)
Revolutionize food production system or face mass deforestation scientists warn (6th February 2020)
A brief explainer of the landscape approach (6th August 2019)
Rethinking the food system to tackle the triple burden of malnutrition (19th February 2019)
Turning research into practice: The landscape approach takes off (18th February 2019)
Making connections: New funding opens dialogue on landscape approach efforts (16th January 2019)
Operationalising the landscape approach: Learning from doing. Discussion Forum for Global Landscapes Forum Kyoto event, May 13th 2019.
Human rights Q & A for Global Landscapes Forum Kyoto event, May 13th 2019.
Enhancing food system resilience. Webinar for Forests Trees and Agroforestry, Bogor, Indonesia, 14th February 2019.
Looking at the past to shape the landscape approaches of the future. Discussion Forum #17: Global Landscapes Forum, Bonn, Germany 2nd December 2018
Protected areas, rights and food access, FLARE Conference, Copenhagen, 20th October 2018.
“We care about landscapes”. Video interview at the Global Landscapes Forum, Bonn (published 28th February 2018)