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ILUS Summer School 2018

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The rapidly growing world population and changing consumption patterns are placing increasing pressure on agricultural and forestry production systems. However, the classic intensification approach to increase yield of food and biomass by genetic standardization, mechanization and application of pesticides and fertilizer, has led to ambivalent results. In many places, negative environmental and social consequences have been observed such as soil degradation, eutrophication, decline in fresh water resources, loss of biodiversity, as well as land-use conflicts, loss of employment, and rural-urban migration.

Integrated Land Use Systems (ILUS), which combine different types of land uses and integrate several management goals, are gaining attention. It is assumed that ILUS compared to classic production systems provide a higher level of ecosystem goods and services, are less vulnerable to the risks of global change and market volatilities, and are better suited to the livelihood strategies of rural populations. However, despite these promises, in practice, ILUS still play an only minor role in most agricultural landscapes. Against this backdrop, this module intends to carefully reflect about the economic, social and environmental features of important ILUS and the possibility for broader diffusion.

The students will be organized into small working groups to conduct in-depth analyses on selected ILUS issues, taking into account different geographical regions, socioeconomic settings and production objectives. To prepare the group for this task, experts introduce into key aspects of ILUS from technical, environmental and economic perspectives, and present relevant insights from South-America, Africa, Asia and Europe. Furthermore, excursions to the surroundings of Freiburg will provide practical insights about the relevance, potentials and challenges related to the application of ILUS. Based on this input, the students, during the module, will gradually develop their group work, which will be presented and discussed at the end of the module.

One goal is to familiarize students with important ILUS (e.g., agroforestry systems) by gaining up to date expert knowledge. The second major goal is to train competencies in the analysis of ecological, social and economic foundations and effects of ILUS. Students will be guided to analyze case studies of selected ILUS.

After completing the full-time course students will be able to:

  • Describe and classify different types of ILUS
  • Explain the history of ILUS and particularly their recent emergence as possible and more sustainable alternatives to commercial tree and crop monocultures;
  • Analyse the performance and potential of ILUS with respect to environmental, economic and sociocultural considerations
  • Relate ILUS to specific issues and processes including contribution to food security, economic growth, watershed protection and biodiversity conservation,
  • Critically reflect about the implications of ILUS in sustainable land use and rural livelihoods


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Scientific Coordinators

Prof. Dr. Benno Pokorny, Prof. Dr. Dietrich Schmidt-Vogt, Dr. Steffen Entenmann


Continuing Education Course


Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources, Chair of Silviculture in cooperation with external experts

This course will be useful for

Forestry and agricultural extension officers, land use consultants and project developers, professionals, graduates of forestry and land use programmes, researchers  and PhD students

Prerequisites for participation

University degree related to agriculture or forestry (minimum 30 ECTS in specific modules) or a minimum of two years working experience


3 week Full time seminar (Monday to Friday 9.00 - 17.00h)


18.06. – 06.07.2018


Participants of the course will receive a Qualified Participation Certificate.,

Credit points

5 CP nach ECTS (if the voluntary oral exam is passed)


Tennenbacher Straße 4Tennenbacher Straße

Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

Application Deadline


Course Fee

200 Euro

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