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COVID-19 has changed the ways of life in many households and cities worldwide. The use of some secondary and tertiary wood products has also changed in many ways. This course attempts to classify wood products as “essential and non-essential” in the era of pandemic and further projects the future use and availability of “essential wood products” This course will help participants answer the following questions: What are wood products? How are they produced and used? What are the main types of wood products? What impact has the pandemic had on the uses of different classes of wood products and the classification of wood as essential and non-essential wood products.

Stephen Tekpetey holds a BSc (Honors) Degree in Natural Resources Management and Doctor of Philosophy in Wood Science and Technology from Ghana. He has over 6 years of experience as a lecturer and research scientist in Public Tertiary research and educational Institutions in Ghana. He has worked extensively on sustainable utilization of bamboo resources in climate risk environments and currently is an ISO technical committee member on bamboo and rattan standardization.

University Open Air is generously supported by The Morris & Alma Schapiro Fund. WNYC is a media partner of the 2020 BPL Presents Season.

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