BACHELOR (vocational) Forests, management et water conservation

This last year of licence is intended to train professionals able to diagnose and expertise woods or wetlands so as to solve water management problems (preserving the quality and quantity of water) within the forest environment and thus design and offer an adapted means of management and exploitation within the appropriate regulations and practices.

  • Objectives

The aim of this professional degree is to train professionals who can deal with all aspects of water quality within forestry management but also within environmental management of watersheds.

It answers to the new requirements relating to sustainable management from the perspective of forest-water-watershed.

This training benefits from the complementarity of two structures of specialized higher education which are Environment and Geoscience on the one hand and Development and Protection of Nature on the other.

450 hours of tuition (in addition to professional training and a tutored project) spread over the 2 semesters of the graduation year. 1/3 of those 450 hours will be taught by professionals, members of engineering departments, R&D and French forestry management.

The tutored project (teamwork in groups of 3 or 4 individuals) as well as the professional training (individual task) will enable the student to apply his academic knowledge and develop his autonomy and his critical mind and synthesis (written report and oral presentation).

Professional sectors concerned:
- Syndicate of rivers owners
- Syndicate of environmental planning
- Territorial community

Trades concerned:
- Manager for rivers or water syndicate
- Collaborator of forestry expert or forestry expert (after certification)

This professional licence receives the support of the principal organisations representative of the French forest: Office National des Forêts (ONF), Institut national de l’information géographique et forestière (IGN) and Compagnie Nationale des Ingénieurs et Experts Forestiers et des Experts du Bois (CNIEFEB).

  • Contents or models of training

Six-month period 1  
EU 1.1 – Introductory courses (48h - 3 ECTS)
Initiation with silviculture, ecology, pedology, hydrobiology, geology and surface process.

EU 1.2 – Environmental assesment (127h - 10 ECTS)
Environmental evaluation, biodiversity evaluation and cost, hydrology and hydrogeology, hydrological filtering functions of the wetlands, water geochemistry, fluvial geodynamics and riparian vegetation, lacustrine sedimentation.

EU 1.3 - Tools for protection and communication (45h - 5 ECTS)
Rural and forest rights, environment right, law on water and Water Framework Directive, Labour law, business start-up.

EU1.4 - Management of forests and wetlands (119h - 9 ECTS)
Risk management (floods, torrential floods, landslides, fires…), management of the alluvial forests, management of linear wooded areas (hedges), management of water in the forest, management of wild fauna.  

EU 1.5 - English (22hTD - 3 ECTS)

Six-month period 2
EU 2.1 - Tools for spatial analysis (67h - 8 ECTS)
Introduction to geological mapping, spatial analysis of watersheds, image analysis, remote sensing.

EU 2.2 - Design and implementation of a project (150h - 3 ECTS)  
Tutored project: group work on subjects suggested by the teaching staff.

EU 2.3 - Personal project of valorisation (16 weeks, 560h - 16ECTS)
Compulsory professional training. Written report and oral presentation.

EU 2.4 - English (22hTD - 3ECTS)

  • Admission requirements

120 ECTS in the Earth Science/Biology/Environment/Forestry fields. Diploma accessible also in continuing education, with possible validation of knowledge acquired through experience. Selection on written application.