Work plan

Objectives

  • Take advantage of existing and new knowledge and technologies developed by partner institutions, government and non-governmental agencies, and forest products and resource management companies within each other’s jurisdiction to enhance faculty and student awareness of the issues related to increased forest biomass use and its consequences on forest ecosystem function and the health of our forest environment.
  • Enhance their institution’s curricula to include newly acquired information on the subject of forest biomass use in bioenergy production and forest management techniques developed to mitigate increased forest biomass harvesting.
  • The project will accommodate the mobility of approximately 70 Canadian and 50 European students over its 4 year term.
  • Enhanced profiles for each institution in the partner countries that will assist in attracting international students for forestry and other programs.
  • Offer a framework to identify issues related to the project’s theme for comparison and consideration by government, industry, and educational institutions.
  • Offer a framework of research to identify best approaches in forest management that is available for comparison and consideration by government, industry, and education
  • Develop and deliver short term field school based technical programs intended to enhance the student’s ecosystem assessment skills and techniques in the recognition of critical ecosystem sensitivity indicators. Short term field based programs will also include the development of technical skills related to field based silvicultural system planning and implementation.
  • Develop an “on-line” offering of pre-visit preparatory seminars to inform students and faculty of critical pre-visit information on cultural and social differences, field program outlines, preparation needs, and expected outcomes.
  • Develop course transfer matrices between consortia members that will allow for continued post consortia student and faculty exchange and benefits.
  • Develop a publicly accessible information program trough local government and non government associations and professional publications and network for the benefit of all professionals and interested individuals.
  • Develop memorandums of understanding that will allow for long term post project student and faculty mobility options between partner institutions.
  • Develop ongoing cooperation for delivering intensive programs in Europe and Canada.
  • Develop ongoing cooperation with industry to offer work placements to international students, training opportunities for forestry professionals, and to ensure that education is consistent with industrial requirements.


Expected results

  • Enhance student and faculty awareness of forest management strategies for the increased production of biomass for bioenergy and/or biofuel production.
  • Create an awareness of potential forest management problems associated with increased biomass harvests.
  • Internationalise participating institutions’ curricula.
  • Establish stronger collaborative relationships between consortia institutions and non-consortia associate organizations.
  • Increase participating students’ awareness of general forest management practices in other jurisdictions.
  • Secure long term mobility agreements between consortia partners.
  • Create a means for the dissemination of information on the theme of the project.
  • Enhance the participating institution’s curricula on subject matter related to the theme.
  • Accommodate the mobility of 70 Canadian and 50 EU students of which 15 Canadian and 20 EU students will participate in long term mobilities of one or two semesters while the balance of the students will be involved in short 3 to 4 week long technical field based sessions.
  • Develop credit and tuition waver agreements between partner institutions.