Forests in the Asia Pacific Region

Subject FRST90030 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

November, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Intensive teaching, International field tour

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours lectures and 24 hours of tutorials, during two-week intensive international field tour
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Prof Rodney Keenan


Melbourne School of Land & Environment Student Centre
Ground Floor, Land & Food Resources (building 142)

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

The Asia Pacific region is of crucial importance to Australia and to the future management of global forest resources. The region has over half the world’s population and countries with the fastest growing populations and economies. This is placing increased demand on forest resources in the region and elsewhere. There are extensive spiritual and cultural associations between people and forests in this region and an extensive history of forest use and development. Using case studies from countries such as China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Japan, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, and Vietnam this subject deals with the main forest types in this region, the history of forest use, the current state of forests and forest management and the role of forests in the future development of this region. The subject is based on a field trip to a country in the Asia Pacific region (resources permitting).

Objectives: At the completion of this subject students will have an advanced understanding of:
  • The forest ecosystems of the Asia Pacific region and their role in human development
  • Forest management and governance systems for different parts of this region
  • Current issues and future trends in forest policy and management in the Asia Pacific Region

Pre-tour reading assignment (1500 words) 20%, field tour journal 20%, field tour group work 10%, major assignment (3000 words) 50%

Prescribed Texts:

Leslie, RN (ed.), The Future of Forests in the Asia Pacific: Outlook for 2020. UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, Bangkok.

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Forest Ecosystem Science
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Sustainable Forests

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